Published April 21, 2009


The San Francisco Bay Area's 15th Annual Bike to Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2009. Bike to Work Day is the premier bicycling event taking place in all of Northern California with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is just one day of many events taking place in May as part of National Bike Month. Take the healthy commute and join thousands of Bay Area commuters as they bike to work or to transit.

Energizer Stations
On May 14th, 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 250 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 also receive a free bike safety check courtesy of Dublin Cyclery. The Energizer Station will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the plaza area just outside the turnstiles. The Dublin/Pleasanton BART station sits in the middle of Interstate 580 and is easily accessed by Owens Drive from Pleasanton and by Dublin Boulevard from Dublin.

Bike Safety Class
Learn to drive a bike with a free urban bike safety class. Classes will be held throughout the Bay Area in April, May and June. This classroom course teaches street skills including the basics of safe cycling, riding in traffic, equipment, crash avoidance, rights and responsibility. A second day of instruction will consist of a 6 hour on-road course to practice what was taught in the street skills class. For more information on the classes or to sign-up, please contact Dave Campbell at dcampbel@lmi.net or at the Berkeley Bikestation (510) 548-7433.

The Joseph Mendes Criterium
The East Bay Cyclists and InfoVista Cycling will be hosting a series of bike races on Saturday May 9th in conjunction with Bike to Work Day. This all day event is being held just outside of Hacienda with a course consisting of a clockwise loop formed by Franklin and Johnson Drives. For more information on the race, visit: www.ebcyclist.org or contact Ron Castia at ron@ebcyclist.org.

Win Prizes for Cycling
Pledge to bike to work, school, transit, errands or play at least once during the month of May and you can enter your name in a raffle to win a bike and other fun prizes. Simply follow this link to register http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/register. All entries must be received by Sunday, May 31, 2009 to be eligible for prize drawings.

Team Bike Challenge
Take the Team Bike Challenge and recruit friends, neighbors and co-workers to form teams of two to five individuals and win great prizes. The Team Bike Challenge kicks off May 1st and continues throughout the month of May. Each individual member of the team earns points every day they use their bikes for transportation. The team with the most points at the end of the Challenge will win the grand prize. Simply follow this link to register: http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/tbc.

Bike Commuter of the Year
If you know someone in your county who is committed to making every day a Bike to Work Day, nominate them for the Bike Commuter of the Year award. Simply go to: http://btwd.bayareabikes.org/node/14 and fill out the nomination form. All nominations must be received by midnight on Thursday, April 23rd.

Cycling Resources
There are a number of resources available for people interested in cycling. Follow this link to receive information and resources on a bike coalition located in your area:  bicycling.511.org/organizations.htm. Your ultimate online guide to biking awaits at: bikemapper.mtc.ca.gov/BikeMapper/index.jsp. Finally, be sure to visit www.511.org as the Bay Area's best resource on bicycle commuting. For more information on Bike-to-Work Day 2009, just call 511 and use the voice activated system to ask for bicycling information. Please also feel free to refer to the contacts below for additional details.

Contact Information
Dave Campbell
East Bay Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 1736, Oakland, California 94604
(510) 548-7433  phone     (510) 336-1604  fax     dcampbell@lmi.net  e-mail     www.ebbc.org    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California 94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW