When is Bike to Work Day?
The San Francisco Bay Area’s 23rd annual Bike to Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month.
Energizer stations are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information — or to simply be “cheered on” by fellow participants. Energizer stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will re-open during the evening commute. You can find more information about energizer station locations and local Bike to Work Week activities here.
More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplaces, an ideal distance for bicycling. But, commuting to work only represents 23 percent of all trips made by car, so think about how you can also bike to shop, to school, for errands, and for social events. In a world concerned with climate change, pollution, and congestion, the question should really be “Why not bike to work?”
According to the 2013 American Community Survey, over 62,000 Bay Area residents use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to work every day. According to the SFMTA, between 2014 and 2015 in San Francisco alone, bike commuting increased by 8.5 percent! On Bike to Work Day, we expect tens of thousands of people to bike to work across the Bay Area — with many being first-time bike commuters.
Registration is not necessary. However, by registering with your local county, you’ll make a pledge to ride and stay connected with activities going on in your community.