Push up that pant leg, Bike to Work and School Day is coming

Hang up your car keys and dust off your bicycle, Bike to Work and School Day is next Thursday. The Oct. 7 event will be the 12th annual offering by Ecology Action, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable living. “The simple act of bicycling to work or school boasts many benefits, said Nick Mucha, transportation specialist for the organization. “Whether you are interested in a more active lifestyle, saving money, avoiding Santa Cruz traffic, or living ‘green’ – Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for you to take a meaningful step in the right direction.” This year's event will offer more than the usual free breakfast, bike repairs and massage at various locations countywide. All participants will be entered into a contest to win a a free Zipcar membership. Zipcar is a car sharing service that provides members with sustainable transportation without the headaches of owning a vehicle. Ecology Action's goal of offering a Zipcar membership is to give the cycling community the opportunity to having reliable vehicle access when they need it. In South County, Bike to Work participants will be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Second Street Cafe. With financial help from Cal Giant and the city of Watsonville, the eatery will serve up breakfast burritos, fresh pastries, juice and coffee to all riders. Bicycle travel is a growing trend in the county, especially in the city of Santa Cruz, where bike commuting has jumped 132-percent since 2000, according to statistics from the 2008 U.S. Census American Community Survey. At 9.3-percent, the city has one of the highest regular bike commuter communities in the nation, the survey said. Bike to Work Day is made possible with funding from numerous local businesses, public agencies, and community groups, including the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, the city of Santa Cruz, city of Watsonville, Giro Sports, Fox Racing Shox, Odwalla, Whole Foods, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jamba Juice and UC Santa Cruz Transportation and parking Services. For more information, visit www.bike2work.com or contact Nick Mucha of Ecology Action at nmucha@ecoact.org or (831) 426-5925 x. 128.
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