The 22nd annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day was a huge success with more than 2,200 people turning out to cycle in Palo Alto on May 12. Not only did the regular commuter cyclists participate, but many typical motorists decided to take their bikes out for a spin and join in the festivities. Check out some of the photos from the event.
Palo Alto has been participating in this green commute choice for 17 years. The City hosted four Energizer volunteer stations and each one exceeded last year's bike counts:
· Alma Bike Bridge saw 578 bicyclists; a big jump from 354 in 2015
· Wilkie Way Bike Bridge counted 334 bike riders, up from 210
· The downtown station near City Hall saw 407 this year, an increase of over 100 cyclists.
· California Avenue is usually the busiest station and this year was no exception. More than 900 bike riders came to this station, up from 818 in 2015.
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition gave away nearly 900 Bike to Work Day bags filled with goodies at the four Energizer stations. The Palo Alto Baking Company and Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels also donated the treats handed out at the California Avenue station.
Palo Alto continues to make great strides in bicycling. On May 18, the League of American Bicyclists awarded the City gold level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The award is only given to communities with a strong commitment to bicycling and is valid for four years.