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Getting Ready for Bike To Work Day

Photo by Kate Michelle McCarthy

Fill up your water bottle, strap on that helmet, and roll up your right pant leg. May is National Bike Month. More than 100,000 Bay Area riders are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, including Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels, who bikes 38 miles roundtrip on his regular commute. “I ride along the bay through Marin County, where I have views of Mt. Tamalpais and the shore of Sausalito. You can’t beat crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise,” he says. Energizer stations set up around the city make the Bike to Work Day commute even easier with free beverages and snacks. After work, pedal to DNA Lounge for a party and fashion show complete with raffles, DJs, and valet bicycle parking. 

BIKING 101
More than 30 miles of new bike lanes are popping up across the city. Test-ride the newly completed lanes on Laguna Honda Boulevard and Division Street.

Timbuk2 launched a ride-share program late last month. Stop by during regular store hours, and get outfitted with a complimentary bike, helmet, and custom bag for the day. 506 Hayes St., 415-252-9860.

The SF Bicycle Coalition offers free urban cycling workshops. Learn how to choose the right bike, the safest ways to ride in traffic, and essential emergency maneuvers. Check the site for class times and locations.

Plan your next bike trip using the handy online tool SF Bike Mapper. It gives you easy turn-by-turn directions with options for shortest or flattest routes.