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Happy Bike to Work Day! Since 1956, thousands of people have taken to their bikes for their commute on this May holiday. Biking to work is a great workout that also reduces your carbon footprint. Plus, you can take advantage of numerous local celebrations and giveaways.
POST’s staff is always game for Bike to Work Day. According to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, 40% of Bay Area commuters live within five miles of their offices, but many, like our POSTies, live substantially further afield than that. Let’s hear from a few POSTies about their rides to our office in downtown Palo Alto this Bike to Work Day:
Route: Oakland to the Bay Area Open Space Council Annual Conference in Richmond
Liz says: “I’m going to the BAOSC’s annual conference in Richmond, so I actually get the chance to bike to work! I’m biking over with a group of other conference attendees – I’m excited for the conservationist peloton!”
Route: Palo Alto to the POST office
Lindsay says: “While I wish I could spend every day mountain biking on POST-protected land, I love getting to bike to the office. The Palo Alto Bike Boulevard makes it super easy!”
Route: San Francisco to the POST office
Paul says: “Forty miles is a bit far for every day, but I love biking to the office every once in a while. Nothing beats seeing the morning sun glint off of Crystal Springs Reservoir.”
Route: Pescadero to the POST office
Gordon bikes to our office regularly, but his commute is an extra-special one. He lives right on the beach outside of Pescadero, and passes by or through a whopping 7,861 acres of POST-protected land on his way.
The 35-mile ride, with its hairpin turns and over 2,000 feet of elevation gain, is no walk in the park, but Gordon say,s “It’s definitely worth getting up at 5:30 to do it.” He rides up Highway 1 to Pescadero Creek Road, then on to Highway 84 and Old La Honda Road before heading down into Silicon Valley. Gordon loves watching nature wake up – sun rising, birds singing, bunnies scampering – as he bikes in the morning. He follows the sinking sun home in the evening, and emerges onto Highway 1 just before it sinks into the Pacific, feeling “so peaceful and connected to the land.” Sounds pretty dreamy to us, too, Gordon.
How do you celebrate Bike to Work Day, and why? Share your stories in the comments or on social media with the hashtags #POSTMyRide and #BTWD2015. Happy trails!
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.