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May 7, 2008 > May is Ride your Bike month

May is Ride your Bike month

By Mona Shah

It's the rare person who wakes one morning and bikes to work. There are some challenges to overcome. For example, you may think you are not physically capable of reaching your destination, or that your bike has been sitting around unused far too long. A myriad of excuses can prevent biking to work. And anyways, it's just easier to hop into your car.
But now, no more excuses. Dust off that old bike and pump up those tires to get rolling for Bike to Work Day. On Thursday May 15, residents from all corners of the Bay Area will put aside their car keys, don their helmets and bike to work.
The Fremont Freewheelers Bicycle Club (FFBC) in collaboration with East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) has developed a series of small events to help you chisel away at all of the little problems so you too can join in on Bike to Work day. They will conduct introductory rides that are easy 20 mile loops around Fremont. Knowledgeable ride leaders will teach safe riding techniques to ensure enjoyment, and safety. Support from experienced cyclists will be provided on each ride with pointers to eliminate bad habits.
To help you prepare your bike for these rides, the FFBC and EBBC have arranged for participating bicycle shops to provide free inspections and a competitive estimate if repairs are necessary. These shops are Bicycle Garage, Witt's Bicycle Shop, REI Fremont, and Cyclepath.

Rides will take place the first three Saturdays in May, with the ride on May 17, a "we did it" celebration ride with a free hot dog BBQ afterward. Each ride will begin at 9 a.m. (sharp!) in the parking lot behind the Central Park Tennis Courts off of Stevenson Blvd. A properly fitting bicycle helmet is required; gloves and sunglasses (eye protection) are highly recommended.

Rules of the road for bicycling have changed to be more effective and predictable. To learn these skills quickly, EBBC is offering a number of free courses in the East Bay. All that is necessary is to sign-up and attend a class on May 8, or 24. Free classes are first-come-first-serve with limited enrollment. Please visit www.ebbc.org/safety, or call (510) 548-7433.

Prepare for Bike to Work Day
Low key easy rides around Fremont
Saturdays, May 10, 17
9 a.m. to Noon
(510) 548-7433
www.ebbc.org/safety

Start: Tennis Court Parking lot at Central Park in Fremont
Bring a safely functioning bike, helmet, wear reasonable gear. Bring money for a coffee stop.

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