Dust off the old bicycle; it’s Bike Week

This week is Bike Week. To celebrate the 22nd annual event, Bike to Work is holding a plethora of events. In case you haven’t seen the posters and brochures plastered all over town, here’s a quick rundown of the events taking place this week.


The fun kicks off Tuesday with a “Commute Race.” The race begins just before 5 p.m. at Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street and will end in Capitola Village. The race’s goal is to demonstrate how long it takes people to traverse the county using various modes of transportation during peak drive-time traffic. Members of the media have been invited to participate in the race. I hear I may be straddling an electric bicycle for the race. Wish me luck.


On Wednesday, cyclists are invited to help feed 5,000 people during “Food Delivery Day.” The food is for Bike to Work/School Day the following day. Cyclists can bring their own trailer or borrow one furnished by Bike to Work. The deliveries will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Meet at the Civic Center ABC Room at 307 Church Street in Downtown Santa Cruz. For information, call Kelly at PedX at 202-1987 or send an e-mail to Kelly@pedalexpress.com.


Thursday is the day you’ve been waiting for: Bike to Work/School Day. This is the day free breakfast will be provided to people who leave their cars at home and pedal to work or school. Breakfast sites will be set up countywide from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For a list of breakfast sites, visit www.bike2work.com.


Come Saturday, cyclists can load up their bikes on a train at Depot Park, at 119 Center St. in Santa Cruz, enjoy a train ride to Felton, then have a CHP escorted bike ride back to town along Highway 9. The road will not be closed to vehicle traffic. The day begins at 10 a.m. at Depot Park. Tickets are $8 one-way for adults and $4 for children under 12. Two-way train tickets are available for people who are unable to cycle back to Santa Cruz. All riders must follow the rules of the road. Children age seven and under must be in a kid’s seat, trailer or attached seat/wheel and assisted by their parents. Youngsters who are age 8 and older must be able to keep up with the group or they will be asked to sit in the support bike trailer. Helmets are required. Visit www.bike2work.com for more information.


And finally, on Sunday, there’s a call to artists who have vamped up their vehicle. Human powered art vehicles will gather in downtown Santa Cruz as way to celebrate creative community spirit, as well as alternative transportation. Participants may leave with cash or another special prize. For information on this event, see www.riverartsfestival.com.

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