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Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is a national event celebrated annually in the United States on the third Friday in May as part of National Bike Month. Bike to Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 to increase public interest in biking and promote it as an alternative for commuting to work.

Bike to Work Day 2016 is organized by the SANDAG iCommute program in conjunction with local jurisdictions, businesses, and other partners. The regional Bike to Work Day event on Friday, May 20, 2016, offers 101 pit stops where riders can stop to pick up a free t-shirt, snacks, and receive encouragement to re-energize along the road.

As part of the outreach to employers during Bike Month, iCommute offers free mini tune-ups, bike safety classes, and guided rides designed to show groups of employees a safe route to commute to work. iCommute also funded GO by BIKE Mini-Grants for events that educate, promote, and encourage biking as a viable transportation choice. Ten grant recipients will host events throughout the San Diego region from April - June 2016, and all are open to the public.

To celebrate Bike to Work Day 2016 in the border region, a pit stop near the San Ysidro Intermodal Transit Center Trolley Station will be hosted from 6 to 9 a.m. to help people using their bikes commute to work in the morning. In the afternoon, crossborder bike riders will celebrate the 6th annual “Tijuaneando en Bici” border crossing event where bike riders will meet in Tijuana and cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry as a group. The group will ride through the San Ysidro community to two additional pit stops and conclude the event with a forum discussion hosted by Casa Familiar at “The Front” art gallery.  Casa Familiar was one of the successful GO by BIKE Mini-Grant recipients and will help support Bike to Work Day activities in the border region.

Events to celebrate Bike to Work day also are planned at the Tecate POE and in Imperial County.

For detailed information, view the report included in the April 22, 2016, Borders Committee agenda.