Get ready to bike to work and school tomorrow

Pleasanton schools, business sector join in Bay Area event

Tomorrow is the Bay Area's "Bike to Work Day," with Pleasanton broadening it with the city's 10th annual Bike to School Day as well.

Hundreds of middle school students are gearing up to commute on their bicycles for at least one day in conjunction with the Bay Area event.

Hart, Harvest Park and Pleasanton middle schools are participating in this year's Bike to School Day sponsored by the city of Pleasanton along with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Tomorrow morning, bicycling students will be greeted with bottled waters and giveaway bags filled with items provided by the city and local businesses. The Pleasanton Police Department will also be facilitating bicycle helmet checks. Students are asked to review bike safety tips before riding to school.

"The event is held as part of the joint City-School District school traffic calming program Rides to School, which is an interactive partnership to plan and manage school traffic at individual schools," said Lisa Adamos, the city's Economic Development Specialist.

The Bay Area Bike to Work Day was begun to encourage everyone to try biking to work as a healthy, fun, inexpensive and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving. It is an effort of 511 Regional Rideshare, local bicycle coalitions and hundreds of volunteers.

"When students bike safe and adhere to the rules of the road, biking to school can be a viable alternative to being dropped off by parents," said Adamos.

"Although May 13 is officially recognized as the Bay Area's Bike to Work Day, participants are encouraged to choose the most convenient day that week to suit their busy schedules," said Marci McGuire from the Bishop Ranch Transportation Association in San Ramon, which is hosting its 16th annual event.

Bike to Work Day and all over the Bay Area, residents are encouraged to grab the handlebars and go for a spin as a healthy and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving.

On May 13, Energizer Stations will be set up all over the Bay Area to celebrate Bike-to-Work Day. Hacienda will participate in an Energizer Station at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station co-sponsored by Hacienda, the city of Pleasanton, the City of Dublin, Alameda County Public Works, Dublin Cyclery and BART.

The first 300 cyclists to stop by the Dublin/Pleasanton Energizer Station will receive a free Cycling Commute Companion; a canvas tote bag filled with great cycling gear and more. Participating cyclists can look forward to a free bike safety check by Dublin Cyclery.

Cyclists filling out a Bike to Work Day registration card will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free bike helmet or "Free Bicycle Flat Repair" coupons at a retail value of $25 each courtesy of Dublin Cyclery. The Energizer Station will be open between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the plaza area just outside the turnstiles.

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