Bike to Work on Thursday: Save the Earth, Get Free Stuff

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This coming Thursday is the fourteenth annual Bike to Work Day. Thousands of Bay Area workers are expected to participate, commuting via pedal power.

On Thursday, which is the fourteenth annual Bike to Work Day, tens of thousands of Bay Area workers are expected to commute via pedal power.

In a promo for the event, cosponsors Kaiser Permanente and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition point out that Bike to Work Day aids the environment: "Did you know that if you drove a Toyota Camry and lived 9 miles from work, you would reduce emissions pollutants by 908 lbs year by biking one day a week?" And it's economical: "Did you know that if you drove an SUV and lived 5 miles from work, you would save $346.32 a year by biking to work one day a week?" And it's good for your health: "Did you know that on average, a person weighing 175lb, burns 1160 calories pedaling 20 miles at a speed of 15 mph?"

For the occasion, which is part of National Bike Month, all cyclists will be allowed to ride free on Oakland/Alameda ferries. At 190 "energizer stations" set up at strategic locations around the Bay Area, volunteers will distribute free tote bags and other goodies to participants. The Chipotle Mexican-food chain, also supporting the event as part of a greening campaign that includes a recent transition to naturally raised meats, is offering added schwag. Bring your Bike to Work tote bag to any Bay Area Chipotle on May 15 and receive a free burrito, tacos, salad, or low-carb "bol."

For more details and a map showing energizer stations, visit BayAreaBikes.org&mdashAnneli Rufus

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