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May 6, 2014 > Get ready to spring into motion - May is Bike Month!

Get ready to spring into motion - May is Bike Month!

Submitted By Alameda CTC

Winter is behind us, and itÕs time to spring into motion. Bicycling and walking are essential components of Alameda CountyÕs transportation system. Alameda CTC and Measure B have been supporting active transportation (biking and walking) in a variety of strategic ways, and data collected through the Alameda CTC bicycle and pedestrian count program suggest that levels of cycling and walking are growing, and that the diversity of cyclists is increasing. From 2010 to 2013, bicycling in the county increased 17 percent. Efforts to make our communities more walkable and bikeable include targeted grant programs and funds to each city for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. We also require all local jurisdictions that receive transportation sales tax funding to adopt a Òcomplete streets policyÓ to ensure that our streets are safe, convenient and inviting for all users.

To continue and expand this investment in active transportation, the 2014 Transportation Expenditure Plan includes $651 million for bicycle and pedestrian paths, safety projects and educational programs - more than doubling the existing investment. In addition, 15 percent of the $2.3 billion in funding for city and county streets will support bicycle and pedestrian investments.

Thursday, May 8 is Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day.

Alameda CTC supports the innovative BikeMobile, which is part of the Safe Routes to Schools program. The BikeMobile, along with its bicycle mechanic staff, visits schools and community organizations and events to deliver no-cost hands-on bicycle repair and bicycle safety training to promote riding bikes to school.

As you prepare to bike to work on Thursday, May 8, or bike to school during one of the many Bike to School days in May, consider taking one of the many free bicycle safety and education classes in cities throughout Alameda County. Family cycling workshops, free adult ÒUrban CyclingÓ and ÒLearn to RideÓ classes and safety seminars are listed at BikeEastBay.org.

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