Bike to Work/School Day is Thursday

Thursday, May 8 is Bike to Work/School Day. As part of Ecology Action's 27th annual Bike Week events, breakfast sites will be set up countywide for adults and children alike on their bicycle commute to work and/or school. Drivers, please be aware that thousands of people will take to the roads on their bikes. Please keep a watchful eye out for two-wheeled road warriors large and small. As for cyclists, please obey all traffic laws, be visible, use hand signals, and ride responsibly and predictably. Parents, remember children under 18 are required by law to wear helmets. Breakfast sites will be open form 6:30-9:30 a.m. View breakfast site locations online at http://bike2work.com/s_cruz/breakfast.html. Also Thursday, there is a fundraiser from noon-10 p.m. at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, 402 Ingalls St., to support Ecology Actions Bike to Work/School program. Beer will sell for $1 per pint. Then, Bike Week wraps up Friday, May 9 with a Santa Cruz Bike Party from 7-9 p.m. at the Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave. The social ride is held every second Friday of each month and provides a safe and cooperative roadway environment for all road users. The theme for this Friday's Bike Party is "(Bike) Empire Strikes Back." Riders are encouraged to wear Star Wars inspired costumes, complete with light sabers and storm trooper boots. The family-friendly ride promises to be leisurely with stops along the way. Prizes will be given out for individual and group costumes. Learn more at http://bike2work.com/s_cruz/week.html. Bike friendly California California is on the League of American Cyclists top 10 list of bicycle friendly states. The top 10 bike friendly states are Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Delaware, Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, California and Massachusetts. "We're excited and encouraged to see real progress in states like California, Minnesota and Utah," said League President, Andy Clarke. "Overall, we still see a lot of opportunity to realize the huge potential of bicycling to promote health, economic development, and quality of life in all 50 states." California's rank as ninth on the list is attributable to more bike-friendly legislation, funding and policy, including building bike lanes and requiring drivers to give cyclists three-feet of space when they pass. "Better bikeways depend on two things: the right designs and enough funding to build them. California is getting better on both fronts," said Dave Snyder, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition. "Caltrans has been updating its design manuals -- in fact it just endorsed the NACTO Urban Bikeways Design Guide -- and spending on biking and walking increased by 30 percent over 2012 levels." "Our jump to one of the top ten states reflects Caltrans' commitment toward more bike friendly communities," said California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty. "We plan to continue our success by working with our local partners to infuse about $360 million into biking and other active transportation projects over the next three years." For information, view http://bikeleague.org/content/how-does-your-state-rank.
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