Update: Last year on Bike to Work Day, Bay Area communities saw a 20% increase in bicycle traffic over 2011! Increasing interest in bike commuting and active transportation in the Bay Area is evident based on the number of riders we saw on this sunny spring day. Read more. Are you interested in getting your coworkers in shape for 2013? Contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is a great time to trade in four wheels for two, as we celebrate Bike to Work Month. Before you write this off as a ploy by crazy, spandex-wearing bicyclists – which many Leadership Group staff proudly are, as you can see here – consider the following:
- The typical commute length in the Bay Area is five miles or less – perfect for cycling.
- A gallon of gas is now above $4. Pedal power is free.
- Silicon Valley enjoys 300-plus sunny days per year, ideal conditions for riding to work.
- A five-mile commute by bike burns off half the calories of that Starbucks drink you just sipped. Make it a round trip, and all those calories are gone.
- The bike path, trail and lane network in Santa Clara County has grown to hundreds of miles, making cycling to work both fun and safe.
- And, potentially the best reason to cycle to work, if your commute is long enough, you can eat all the chocolate you want!
Join us! Try riding your bike for even one day in May – try Bike to Work Day, May 9th, when “energizer stations” throughout the Bay Area will make it even more fun. And if you’re already an avid cyclist, consider joining other Silicon Valley cyclists on May 17th for the Cycling Charity Challenge and the Amgen Tour of California.
Would you bike to work, but you can’t figure out how to get around midday? The Leadership Group is teaming up with member company, Getaround, to make it easier to bike to work. If you bike to work and find yourself needing a car during the day (e.g. for a medical appointment, a meeting or an errand), chances are good that you can find and rent someone’s nearby car for a few hours. Learn more and get a special discount offer!
Find out more by clicking the links below. You will find route information, tips on getting prepared, information about the Company Bike Challenge, and other details from the great folks at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Tell them we sent you. And you don’t even have to wear spandex!