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Oaklanders celebrate Bike to Work Day

on May 14, 2010

Some were in spandex, others in dresses or suits and they rolled into downtown Oakland for Oakland’s 16th Annual Bike to Work Day. Several of Oakland’s city council members rode to work with their constituents and then dug into the free pancake breakfast down at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Hundreds of other bikers passed through to get coffee, food and goodie bags filled with coupon books, bike advocacy pamphlets and maps.

“It’s so exciting that Oakland was the first city to do Bike to Work Day 16 years ago,” said Kassie Rohrbach, the Executive Director of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. “This shows that Oakland is committed to making the streets safer for biking.”

Other cities have followed Oakland’s lead; now nine Bay Area counties celebrate Bike to Work Day as one of the main events of National Bike Month, which happens every May. In addition to the breakfast party at Frank Ogawa Plaza, there were also over 100 “energizer stations” set up throughout East Bay where people could get coffee, snacks and bike information on their way to work.

Stay tuned for Bike to Market day on May 22 — more information can be found at East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

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