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Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day 2009 was a huge success regionally and in Richmond. This number of Bike to Work Day Energizer Stations increased from two last year to four this year:

  1. Richmond BART
  2. Richmond Bay Trail, Lucretia Edwards Park
  3. Richmond Greenway at the Richmond Central Greenway trailhead
  4. Kaiser Labs

Giveaways to all bicyclists included 2009 Bike to Work Day Musette Bags, fruit, juice, water, baked goods, safety items and raffle for bicycle-related items from local companies.

Richmond increased its visits to Energizer Station s (3 reporting) to 189 as follows: BART: 57, Greenway: 77, Bay Trail: 55 Total: 189 (Not including Kaiser's count).

Richmond was assisted by two corporate partners : Kaiser (Kaiser Labs) and SunPower (Richmond Greenway).

Corporate donors to the BTWD event and raffle include: SunPower , Trader Joes /Pinole , Starbucks /Richmond Parkway, Target , WalMart , Jamba Juice /El Cerrito, Zoes Cookies , Mountain Hardwear . We also received substantial assistance from 511/Contra Costa in the form of three easy up canopies, Bike to Work Day 2009 musette bags, Safeway food cards and supplies.

Craig Murray, with assistance from Michael Williams, did an outstanding job organizing the energizer stations as well as spearheading the team bike challenge for May during National Bike Month. This is a growing event, and we're already looking forward to next year.

May, 2009 Team Bike Challenge

Richmond finished as the top Local Government in the Company Bike Challenge this year!!

Here are some factoids illustrating Richmond's cycling accomplishments during the May Team Bike Challenge:

  • The City of Richmond was represented by eleven teams.
  • The "City of Richmond" group of teams topped the local government scoreboard with the Marin County teams closing to within 50 points an hour before the finish.
  • In Contra Costa County, the City of Richmond group of teams finished strongly with a team in third place and with the RBPAC team, having only four riders, finishing in the top five.
  • Fifty Riders for "City of Richmond" teams rode over 5,000 miles.
  • The number of Richmond riders increased year over year.

Team riders in the Company Bike Challenge represented the following Richmond-based groups:

  • Richmond Spokes
  • Urban Tilth
  • West County Wastewater District
  • Richmond Bicycle /Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Richmond Main Street
  • National Park Service
  • Port of Richmond
  • Mayor's Office
  • City Manager's Office
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • CED/Redevelopment
  • Housing, Recreation, and Planning Departments
  • Public Works
  • City Attorney's Office
  • Richmond Recreation & Parks Commission

Photos by Jonathan Botkin of Sunpower Corp. and Craig Murray