PASADENA — “On Your Bike, Get Set, Now Bike to Work!” That’s the message the City of Pasadena’s Prideshare Program wants the public and employers to embrace for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 17.
The Pasadena Department of Transportation’s Prideshare Program, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), is encouraging the public to leave their cars at home and ride bicycles to work on May 17.
“We encourage people to take this opportunity to bike to work, start cycling for fun and fitness and consider regularly using the human power of the pedal instead of the accelerator,” Pasadena Transportation Department Director Fred Dock said.
The Prideshare Program will celebrate Bike to Work Day from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. with a special “Pit Stop” for bicyclists. The Bike to Work Day Pit Stop at City Hall will be one of the seven pit stops available in the area to help refuel bike commuters. Local merchants and bicycle shops also will be participating in the event. The event is open to the public and includes refreshments and free giveaways and prizes.
Other Pit Stop locations include the Metro Gold Line Allen stop; Western Asset Plaza; One West Bank; MPG Office Trust Inc.; Caltech and Worthe Real Estate Group. Operating times and participation levels at each site may vary. Go online to Metro’s website at http://www.metro.net/bikes/bike-week/ for more information.
Bike to Work Day also helps demonstrate that biking is a viable transportation alternative almost any time of year in Southern California, particularly for commuters who live close to their work, Dock said.
For those with longer commutes, bikes can also be taken on the Metro Gold Line or put on the bike racks of buses. On Bike to Work Day, passengers with bikes will be able to ride for free on all Metro buses and trains as well as on all Pasadena ARTS buses, he said.
For more information, contact the Pasadena Department of Transportation at (626) 744-RIDE (7335) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the City of Pasadena go online to www.cityofpasadena.net.
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