We are encouraging people to bike to work at least one day a week
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2009
Thinking of biking to work? Now is the time to pedal away from the pump. In October, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is organizing Gas-Free Friday "fueling stations" and inviting any and all Bay Area residents to leave the car behind and bike to work.
"Gas-Free Fridays" are organized by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and aim to get more people on bicycles more often. To show their support for riders, SFBC is teaming up with Performance Bicycle to host an Energizer Station on the bike lane at Folsom Street and 7th Street, from 8am to 10am. The station will keep riders energized with free coffee and snacks, and a Performance mechanic will be on hand to offer free basic bike maintenance.
"We are encouraging people to bike to work at least one day a week," said Kate McCarthy, of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. "Half of all driving trips in San Francisco are under two miles in length, and a disproportionate amount of automobile pollution occurs in the first few minutes of driving. Bikes provide a sustainable alternative to short car trips."
The SFBC estimates that riding a bike 10 miles a day versus owning and driving a car saves as much as $8,000 per year, and that the average person can burn 110,250 calories (that's 35lbs of fat!). By biking to work, the average commuter also can save San Francisco 3,500 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
For more information about Gas Free Fridays, go to http://www.sfbike.org/independence.
About San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is a 10,000 member non-profit organization. Through day to day advocacy, education and working partnerships with major government and community agencies the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to creating safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans. We envision a city where anyone from the ages of 8-80 will be able to choose to ride a bike. More more information visit http://www.sfbike.org.
About Performance Bicycle
Performance Bicycle is the number one bike specialty retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. Performance provides a multi-channel cycling retail experience that spans catalogs, a website at http://www.performancebike.com and 86 nationwide stores that cater to both the avid biking enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit http://www.performancebike.com.