Riding into Town on Thursday, May 15

Dozens of local businesses will join the City of Santa Clarita’s 5th Annual Bike to Work Day Challenge on Thursday, May 15. This event corresponds with the state-wide Bike to Work Week, the biggest bicycle commute in California, May 12 through 16. The Bike to Work Day Challenge is a friendly competition among Santa Clarita businesses to see which employer can get the most employees to bike to work on May 15.

The City has teamed up with Metro, L.A. County Bicycle Coalition & Newhall Bicycle to host public pit stops where cyclists can stop for refreshments, receive giveaways, and information on cycling. The pit stops are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the day of the challenge and are located at: front of City Hall on 23920 Valencia Blvd, the City’s Corporate Yard, located at 25650 Rye Canyon Road; Trail Access at Newhall Avenue and 16th Street, hosted by Newhall Bicycle; and Trail Access at Camp Plenty and Soledad Canyon, hosted by the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition.

There are three categories of competition: small business employers with 2-10 full-time employees, medium business employers with 11-100 full-time employees, and large employers with 100 or more full-time employees.

The businesses with the highest participation rate in each category will win free frozen yogurt from Golden Spoon-Valencia for all of the participating cyclists. All Bike to Work Challenge participants are eligible to win great raffle prizes from the City of Santa Clarita. Participants can also pledge with Metro to bike to work on May 15 and win prizes from their raffle giveaway.

Event sponsors include: Metro, L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, Golden Spoon, L.A. Fitness, Spectrum Club, Whole Foods, and Newhall Bicycle Company.

Additionally, Santa Clarita Transit, along with other L.A. County transit operators, is offering free bus rides to cyclists on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 15. Just place your bicycle on one of the bike racks on the front of the bus and show your helmet to the bus driver when you board. Then, relax and enjoy the free ride!

For more information on Bike to Work Day, please contact Environmental Services (661) 286-4098.

Release Date:5/13/2008