Every Austinite has his or her little way to beat traffic. Maybe it’s taking a surface street when the highway is normally clogged, hitching a ride on a Capital Metro bus, or driving in extra early for work. Some Austinites have ditched motorized transportation altogether by biking to work. With local governments building more and more bike lanes, it gets easier every year to commute by bicycle. Now, if someone could just do something about that summer heat!
Bike Austin is Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy group. The organization is gearing up — pun intended — for its eighth annual Bike to Work Day (B2WD) on Friday, May 17. This event is a celebration of local residents who bike to work and an opportunity to educate the community about cycling safety and about commuting by bicycle.
“Over the past seven years, Bike to Work Day has united the community through an activity that is central to life in Austin,” Bike Austin Executive Director Katie Deolloz said. “Over 3,000 local cyclists participated in Bike to Work Day last year and we expect the number to grow. We suggest that even those who have not bicycled in the past try it for the day and consider biking to work even once a week moving forward.”
Bike Austin has teamed up with a slew of local businesses that will serve as official “fueling stations” for cyclists to visit during their morning commute. Between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., fueling stations throughout Austin will give free drinks and snacks such as water, coffee, breakfast tacos, and donuts. The only stipulation is you need to participate in the day’s cycling commute.
Fueling stations participating in B2WD this year include:
- Alliance Transportation Group
- Austin Beerworks
- Bouldin Creek Cafe
- C3 Presents
- City Hall
- Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
- Crux Climbing Center
- Cuvee Coffee Bar
- Dia’s Market
- Easy Rider Pedicab
- Regions Bank
- The Paramount Theatre
- Townlake YMCA
- Wheatsville Food Co-op
You can even make a game of visiting as many fueling stations as possible. Cyclists can pick up a B2WD passport at the first fueling station they visit and collect a stamp at each subsequent visit to a fueling station. The more passport stamps you collect, the better your odds are of winning a door prize at that evening’s after party.
Speaking of the after party, B2WD will cap off with a celebration at Cheer Up Charlies. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy live music by Chulita Vinyl Club — your passport gets you in for free!
Pull your bike out of the garage, find your helmet, and air up those tires. Thanks to Bike Austin, you have a lot of freebies to snag on your way to the office on Friday.
Featured photo by Brandon Hill, used with permission.