FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2015
Cynthia Armour, Project Manager, Bike East Bay
T: (510) 845-7433 ext 5
Kenji Yamada, Lead Organizer, Bike Concord
T: (925) 338-1562
Bike to Work Day Celebration Takes Over Salvio Street
Part of Community Group’s Second Year of Free Bike Repair on Thursday evenings
WHERE: Salvio Street between Grant and Mount Diablo
WHAT: Bike to Work Day Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, May 14 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Concord, CA -- Local advocates organize bike education and celebration event on the evening of Bike to Work Day.
As part of their efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of bicycling and raise the visibility of the bicycling community in Contra Costa, Bike Concord and Bike East Bay are organizing a free evening celebration to bring Bike to Work Day to a close on Thursday, May 14th.
The celebration will be on Salvio Street between Grant and Mount Diablo. There will be live music, games and face painting for kids, and educational booths about biking and safety by Bike East Bay and Snell. In addition Bike Concord will be providing the customary free bike repair to the public, and EJ Phair will be generously donating 10% of food and drink proceeds from EJ Phair when patrons mention Bike Concord or Bike East Bay.
County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff will be present to deliver a county-wide Bike to Work Day Resolution on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. “Cycling is a fun and healthy way to get to work not just on Bike to Work Day, but all year round" said County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. "In celebration of this year’s annual event I encourage people to leave their cars at home and ride their bikes to promote saving money, energy and the environment all while getting fit.”
Bike to Work Day is a regional event with over 21,000 participants in the East Bay. See a full list of Contra Costa Energizer Stations on the 511 Contra Costa website. This is the Bay Area’s 21st annual Bike to Work Day event.
There Are Many Benefits to Bike Commuting. The average person loses 13 pounds in their first year of bike commuting, and a four-mile commute keeps 15 pounds of pollution out of the air we breathe. Biking to work or biking for fun is an easy way to stay active, save money on gas, and increase productivity. Contra Costa’s Bike Commuter of the Year, Eric Odell, says he bikes for selfish reasons: “I pretty much sit for a living as a keyboard jockey [or systems administrator] but when I bike to work I arrive a lot happier. I work out a lot of problems in my head on my way in. I’m more productive when I show up because I’m ready to go, I’ve pieced together what I’m working on.”
Read the full Bike Commuter of the Year Award stories here.
Bike Concord has Started Year 2 of Community Bike Tent. Last Spring, Bike Concord volunteers started setting up shop at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday evenings. Over the course of the next couple of months, they fixed over 300 bikes as a free service to the community. The Community Bike Tent became a regular place to meet other bicyclists, organize rides and get bikes fixed. On Thursday, April 23rd Bike Concord successfully kicked off a second season at the Farmers’ Market, hauling everything by bike, thanks to a grant by John Muir Health to fund a professional bike mechanic’s presence at the tent.
Active transportation is a big part of encouraging healthy lifestyles, which is one reason why Bike Concord has partnered with John Muir Health, a community based non-profit committed to improving the health of local communities they serve with quality and compassion.
About Bike Concord
Bike Concord is a community organization working for safe, convenient, and enjoyable bicycling in our community. Bike Concord works closely with its regional partner Bike East Bay. Visit the Bike Concord blog at bikeconcord.wordpress.com.
About Bike East Bay
Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) serves 50 cities and towns in Alameda and Contra Costa County supporting bicycling as an alternative source of transportation for everyday commuting and recreation. Visit www.BikeEastBay.org for more information.