Do you drive your car everywhere? Do you live within five miles of your workplace like 40% of Bay Area residents? Do you want to put one more day between you and the next time you have to throw thousands of dollars at your car for a mysterious repair?
This post is for you: Bay Area Bike to Work Day is May 12. This is not to be confused with National Bike to Work Day on May 20. (I’m still not sure why California comes a week early. I blame gluten.)
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has all of the information you’ll need to help make your commute - even if you riding to work means you’re losing your Cycleginity - as easy as fun as possible. They are even going to have ‘Energizer Stations’ set up at around 80 locations, so you’ll be able to meet some fit and fun people on your way to work - something that never happens when you drive your car.
If your bike is really dusty, is being used as a condominium for spiders, etc. take it to Good Karma Bikes on 460 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose between 2pm and 6pm on weekdays and hire them to fix it up. Also, if you just want an all-around good bike to use for your trip, they have a lot of good deals on their shop floor. You may spend $100-$400+ depending on what you get but remember: when was the last time you brought your car in to have them find what was causing a mysterious noise and they said ‘It’s only going to be $100!’
So make the air we breathe a little more breathable, make the roads we travel on a little safer, and make yourself - somehow - look even better when you’re naked. That’s right, I went there. Thanks for reading and thanks for riding.