In the Tri-Valley, the cities of Dublin and Pleasanton have a host of events to promote bicycling as a healthy way to travel and to promote bicycle safety.On May 12, the cities, along with Hacienda Business Park Owners Association, BART, Alameda County Public Works Agency, and Dublin Cyclery are hosting an Energizer Station at the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station from 6:30 – 9:00 a.m. where cyclists can stop and enjoy refreshments, receive free bike t-shirts and commute bags, as well as sign up for a raffle drawing for prizes donated by numerous local businesses. Two additional Energizer Stations will be available; one at the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station from 6:30 – 9:00 a.m., hosted by Workday, Inc. and the other in front of Pleasanton’s Foothill High School from 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. The first 50 cyclists to visit either of these stations will receive a bike commute bag and can enter the raffle drawing. This is Foothill High School’s first Bike to School event and students and faculty are encouraged to participate.
The event sponsors are working together to encourage individuals to try bicycling as a healthy, fun, inexpensive and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving. In addition to May 12 activities, the City of Dublin and Dublin Cyclery will host a “Bike to the Market” booth at the new Dublin Farmers’ Market on Thursday, May 19 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Cyclists who visit the “Bike to the Market” booth with evidence of bicycling to the event (helmet, bike, etc.) will receive a free “Carrot Cash” voucher, valued at $5, to use at one of the market booths. Other features of the “Bike to the Market” booth include a display of bicycle “hauling” equipment by Dublin Cyclery and bicycle safety brochures.
The City of Dublin and Dublin High School have planned a Bike to School Day to give students the chance to celebrate National Bike Month. DHS Students and teachers are encouraged to bike to school on Friday, May 20. The first 50 students or teachers who visit the Bike to School station will receive a bag filled with giveaways, and all cyclists will receive refreshments! Similarly in Pleasanton, the three middle schools are promoting Bike to School Day on Friday, May 13. Hart and Harvest Park Middle Schools are hosting Energizer Stations where participants will receive refreshments and goody bags filled with bicycle safety items. Energizer Stations will be located at the bike storage areas at both schools beginning at 8:00 a.m.
A free Bicycle Safety Day 2 class is being offered on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Amador Recreation Center Cultural Arts Building in Pleasanton for cyclists that have already attended Day 1 class. To register for this class or for more information on other available bicycle safety classes, go to www.ebbc.org/safety.
Many local businesses and organizations have contributed prizes and giveaways to the events as a show of their support for bicycling in Dublin and Pleasanton. Contributing sponsors include: Amici’s Pizza; Athen’s Burgers; Buffalo Wild Wings; Chipotle; Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl; Erik’s DeliCafe in Dublin; Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too; Half Price Books; Livermore Cyclery; New York Pizza; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Panera Bread; Red Smoke Grill, Trader Joes, Valley Spokesmen, World of Shoes, Yogurtland.
For more information on Dublin events, contact Erin Steffen, City of Dublin at (925) 556-4524 and for Pleasanton events, contact Lisa Adamos, City of Pleasanton at (925) 931-5039.