Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition seeks Bike To Work Day volunteers
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is stepping up its efforts in preparation for Bike to Work Day, and they need your help. On the BTWD Volunteering page you will find a list of positions, including pre-event opportunities that you can do right now! Get creative and help create art and prose that will get the word out about biking to work this May!
Applying for a volunteer position is easy, just fill out the online form and the SVBC will provide you with all the information you need to get started. They are looking for business outreach, writers and reporters, videographers, photosgraphers, graphic artists, poster distributors, Energizer Station leaders, clean up crews, a band for the after-work party, party organizers, and more. For more information on volunteering for Bike to Work Day please visit svbcbikes.org/btwd/volunteer.
By Yokota Fritz
My old friends in Colorado report tremendous participation in the 2007 Bike To Work Day in the Centennial State. In the Denver region, a record 23,000 cyclists rode their bikes to work today, an increase of 12% over last year. "It was exhilarating to see so many riders out today," said Denver County Judge Ray Satter, a hardcore bike commuter who rides to work year-round, even in the rain, snow or ice. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is a enthusiastic recreational cyclist; he also participated in the event.
Longmont Times-Call: Bikes, pancakes abound. "As of 8 a.m., about 100 people had stopped by for a bite to eat, said city associate civil engineer Len Marques. “I can tell by the number of sausages, actually,” said Marques, who helped organize city efforts to mark the alternative transportation day. (Len is a personal friend of mine and fantastic guy).
9 News Video: Thousands participate with video of morning anchor Susie Wargin's 28 mile commute. I seem to recall another 9News reporter who's a hard core cyclist who was fired after she appeared nude in a magazine or website somewhere... What was her name?
Shame on the news sources in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction who make no mention of Bike To Work festivities in those cities! Even the Greeley Tribune in Weld County at least publicized Bike To Work Day in a positive way.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency reported that traffic counts showed more bicycles than cars on Bike To Work Day yesterday. Bicyclists made up 54% of the traffic on eastbound Market Street at Van Ness, compared to 42% for personal automobiles. The 647 cyclists counted at this location represents at 27% increase over last year. This is also double the normal number of cyclists at this location. Read more at the San Francisco Bike Coaltion.
Even Mayor Gavin Newson borrowed a bike from the local rental outfit and rode his bike for a photo op. "You should see the potholes in this town," the mayor said.
Volunteers needed for Bike To Work Day
It's been a real trip being part of the Bike Week planning committee here in KC. I'm organizing a few group commutes, most of which will be from various suburbs to the urban core. Also, as part of Earth day (April 22), I'll be volunteering with a few other commuters to demonstrate some commuting tips in advance of Bike Week.
The way I figure it, giving people some lead time to amass a few things they might have seen in use in April is a good thing, and then a few commuters leading others in on the first day of Bike Week might inspire others to keep trying it the rest of the week. I do plan on riding the whole week, so for all I know I may end up leading an unofficial convoy every day that week. You won't see me complaining.
We'll see how that plan works out.
I'm in my second year of bike commuting. Participating in Bike To Work Week last year was a blast and a bit of a turning point for me. If you haven't volunteered for an event like this before, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Maybe you'll just help serve breakfast. Maybe you'll help orchestrate an epic crowd pleaser. Who knows?
Regardless where you're from, ask around and see if there are Bike To Work Week/Day events planned and see what you can do to help.
Bike To Work Day website
That's certainly a nice bike Summer has. I don't know many people who commute on tribikes.
Colorado Bike to Work Day news
I would have been there but for my job is in Tennessee.... where the words "work" have yet to connect with "Bike" and "to" as a public event... I did ask for a shower at my place of employment and got a very fast and simple...No.
My son was one of the 23,000 in Denver.
Tis nice to here the 12% increase!
Here in the UK it was Bike Week last week. I can't say I noticed any differenced on my daily route. It certainly requires a higher profile here. Despite all the green issues in the daily news, people will not give up their cars.
We had a decent turnout for our office in Pueblo.
Bike to work testimonial
As Gillian said, there are so many good things about replacing driving with biking.
A favorite while passing a line of cars in traffic, is the inevitable SUV that squeezes right as a blocking move. It's so simple to slow, weave over to the left, pass, and give a nod.
I occasionally get the same thing as Midnight. I do the same thing -- just pass on the left.
Thanks for dropping by, Donna!
San Francisco: More bicycles than cars on Bike To Work Day
This a great outcome. The bicycle message is slowly getting through.
BikesThatFold.com - All about Folding Bikes.
FORTUNATELY, Tulsa's Mayor simply exhorted city employees to ride on BTW Day, and didn't even bother to ride herself. She looks ridiculous in spandex.
Wow! Nothing like that here. I really didn't see anything out of the normal around town.
We have a weight loss challenge thing going on at work, and they didn't even mention Bike to Work Week. Lots to accomplish around these parts!
Wow, more bikes than cars. that is like a dream come true for an American city.
Nice BTWD photos Fritz. I am still kicking myself for forgeting my camera.
I didn't notice -- I guess I am too far from the parade grounds.
Useless ride stats