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Residents hit the pedals, not the brakes on Bike to Work Day

Posted at 4:13 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 19:13:47-04

Residents biked to work in no other better way to celebrate National Bike to Work Day Friday morning. 

Several organizations participated in the day’s riding activity. 

"Caltrans is thrilled to partner with SLO Rideshare in their annual Bike Month activities," said Caltrans Acting Director Richard Rosales. "For us, it’s about safely moving people not just cars."

Caltrans District 5 and the mayor’s office were among the bicyclists on the streets of San Luis Obispo. Caltrans partnered with SLO Rideshare to set up commuter station for those who pedaled to work. 

Bicyclists were given a free breakfast and giveaways as a part of their Bike Month. 

Besides the perks, there were a few reasons why people were opting to hit the handlebars instead of their gas-gobbling vehicle. 

"A big emphasis is to promote biking and triple biking actually by 2020," said Melissa Streder, transportation planner for Caltrans. "It’s an ambitious goal but we are being aggressive in how we move forward with projects to meet that goal."

"It’s easy," said Drew Bendz, a local cyclist. "It’s not nearly as difficult or exhausting as people think bike riding is. It makes you feel good and it really increases your energy at work. It really does."

Other Bike Month events are planned throughout the county by SLO Rideshare Program, which you can check out on this website