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17th Annual Bike to Work Day is May 12 – Register to Win Prizes, Join Fellow Bicyclists, Save Gas!

Here’s a quick heads up: get ready for the 17th Annual Bike to Work Day on May 12, 2011! It’s a celebration that promotes bicycling as a healthy, fun and inexpensive form of transportation (and participants can win prizes, too).

You’re invited to join over a hundred thousand other Bay Area bicycle riders in making Bike To Work Day a continued success. “Energizer Stations” will be located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will even re-open during the evening commute. In Redwood City, the Energizer Station will be located at the Sequoia Station Caltrain station – open from 6 – 9:30 am on May 12.

Why Bike to Work? More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling. But remember, the work commute only represents 23% of all trips, so consider how you also may be able to bike to shop, to school, for errands, and for social events. In a world concerned with climate change, pollution, traffic congestion, wasted time, and skyrocketing gas prices, the question should really be: Why not bike to work?

You don’t need to register to take part in Bike to Work Day – but you might want to in order to be eligible to win prizes! By registering you will be making a pledge to Bike to Work and this will allow the organizers to better calculate Bay Area participation. When you register, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize. Register at www.youcanbikethere.com/user/register.

For more information you can visit www.youcanbikethere.com and www.commute.org.

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