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12th Annual California Bike Commute Week May 15-19th
by from California Bicycle Coalition
Friday May 12th, 2006 10:20 PM

Various special activities have been organized locally by ride share agencies, cities, counties, employers, bicycle advocacy groups, bike shops and others who support bicycle transportation in California's communities.
12th Annual California Bike Commute Week
May 15-19, 2006

California Bike Commute is a project of the California Bicycle Coalition-a non profit organization that advocates increased bicycle use, access, safety, and education, by promoting the bicycle as an everyday means of transportation and recreation.

Various special activities have been organized locally by ride share agencies, cities, counties, employers, bicycle advocacy groups, bike shops and others who support bicycle transportation in California's communities.

Events may be planned in your area, including bike tune-up clinics, morning "buddy rides," pit stops, energizing stations and noon-time rallies. Click on Local Events to find out what's happening in your area.

Visit the Smart Traveler website for further tips on commuting; a great source of transportation systems and related links in California sponsored by Cal Trans.

CHECKLIST
The Week Before

I. Determine your route to work.
The route you drive to work may not be the same one to bike to work. First, choose roads that have wide outside lanes or paved shoulders. Collector streets (those that are at the half mile mark between major streets) are often a good choice. Second, drive the route during your normal commuting time to determine potential traffic problems. Third, bicycle the route on a weekend to examine the road surface for potential problem intersections and the approximate time it will take you.

II. Talk to your employer.
Inform your supervisor that you will be commuting by bicycle. Ask where the bicycle can be parked during working hours, and what, if any, advance arrangements need to be made.

III. Check out your bike.
Make sure your bicycle is in proper working order. Not only should all the mechanical parts be in good repair (e.g. brakes, tire, gears) but the bicycle should be adjusted properly for seat height, handlebars, etc. If you do not have a helmet, borrow one or buy one. If you will be riding at night, you need and must have a light.
The Day Before

I. Dress for the Occasion.
Wear a helmet. It's also a good idea to bike in comfortable cycling clothes; either pack a bag with your work clothes, or bring your attire the day before you cycle (so they won't get wrinkled). Also make sure you have a place to change and freshen up, and keep a "kit" of toilet articles and a towel at work.

II. Pump Up.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If they are low, it will make riding more difficult.
The Day of the Ride
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I. Don't cycle on an empty stomach
You will need energy for your ride, so eat a good breakfast and take along something to eat along your way.

II. Get an early start.
The first time you bike to work, allow yourself a little more time than you think you will need. If you tested the route on the weekend as suggested you will know the approximate time it takes. BUT remember, rush hour traffic may slow you down.

For more information call: (800) 679-BIKE(2453) or e-mail info [at] californiabikecommute.com
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OK ?Bike riderMonday May 22nd, 2006 7:28 PM
I love the logolooks strangely familiar...Tuesday May 16th, 2006 10:09 PM
Worthless effortB_RSaturday May 13th, 2006 2:10 PM
12th Annual California Bike Commute Weekjust my 2 centsSaturday May 13th, 2006 1:22 AM

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