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Fabulous Bike to Work Day!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 10, 2012

Yes, the weather is fantastic again for BTWD. And this year was even better because Piedmont had it’s own Energizer Station at Grand Lake Ace. An Energizer Station is a small booth or table set up along the roadways of bicycle commuting routes that has food, goodies and neighbors to encourage cyclists on Bike to Work Day.

Bicyclists who stop at a stations get a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag with useful bicycling information. Piedmont Connect organized it and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Arizmendi, and Piedmont Grocery supplied coffee, pastries, and fruit.

Piedmont’s station got a visit from Mayor John Chiang and councilmember Garrett Keating, who were on their way downtown.

Later, I rode to Emeryville and stopped at the Xtracycle Energizer Station on West St and another on 65th and the Emeryville Greenway.

  

Keep biking!

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Bike-to-Work Day – Piedmont!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 7, 2012

Piedmont is directly participating in Bike-to-Work Day (BTWD) this Thursday, May 10th. Below is information about the Piedmont city proclamation and some ways you can get involved. Ride that bike!

Piedmont’s Bike to Work Day –  Thursday May 10

(co-sponsored by Piedmont Connect and East Bay Bicycle Coalition)

Mayor Chiang has proclaimed May 10th Bike to Work Day in Piedmont.  Join him, other Piedmont City Council members, and elected officials from throughout the East Bay in biking (or walking, carpooling, or taking public transit) to work that day!  On your way, be sure to stop at Piedmont’s first-ever  Bike to Work Day energizer station, hosted by Connect from 6-9 a.m. in the parking lot of Grand Lake Ace Hardware (1221 Grand  Avenue,  Piedmont).   Not only will this give us a chance to count how many Piedmonters are biking to work, we will also have refreshments, free canvas tote bags filled with bike-related swag, as well as words of encouragement for all.  You can also enter a raffle for a free bike!

After you stop at our Energizer Station, you may want to join the “pedal pool” which will be leaving from the Grand Lake Theater at 7:55 a.m., arriving at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland in time for a pancake breakfast open to all bikers.  This is a regional (and national) event, so there will be other energizer stations at various locations throughout the East Bay.

If you are interested in forming or joining a team for the Team Bike Challenge, go to http://www.ebbc.org/tbc.

For more info about the Piedmont Energizer Station, contact Scott Donahue of Connect’s Bicycling and Alternative Transportation Group at scott@rsdonahue.us.

For general info about Bike to Work in the East Bay, go to http://www.ebbc.org/?q=btwd .  We hope you will join in the fun!

How to bike or walk with Piedmont elected officials this day:

7:15 a. m. Mayor John Chiang will leave from City Hall (120 Vista) and Councilmember Garrett Keating will leave from the bottom of Dracena Park (at Ricardo), both heading to the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware (1221 Grand).

7:30 a.m. Vice Mayor Margaret Fujioka will arrive on foot at the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware. Mayor Chiang and Councilmember Keating will arrive by bike at around the same time.

7:45 a.m. Mayor Chiang and Councilmember Keating will leave  Ace Hardware, heading to the Grand Lake Theater (3200 Grand), where they will join a “pedal pool” of Oakland elected officials and other bikers.  Vice Mayor Fujioka will begin her walk to Oakland City Hall.

7:55 a.m. Pedal pool leaves Grand Lake Theater, heading to pancake breakfast at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

–          Help staff the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware on Bike to Work Day (May 10th).  Shifts are 6-7 a.m., 7-8 a.m., and 8-9 a.m.  To sign up contact Scott at scott@rsdonahue.us

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