National Bike Month urges commuters to take alternative transportation

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May is known as National Bike Month. It’s a time when organizations try to spur interest in the community in biking or walking as an alternative to driving where they need to go.

The Dibs program and the San Joaquin Bike Coalition (SJBC) are partnering to help create an interest in biking and walking to word toward cleaner air and healthier communities.

“Our goal is that this will encourage people to see biking and walking as a feasible option for how they get around,” said Kari McNickle, program specialist with Dibs.

On May 16, the City of Stockton is hosting Bike to Work Day. Walkers or cyclists can stop by Channel Brewing at San Joaquin and Weber streets from 7-9 a.m. for refreshments, giveaways and other goodies. Secure bicycle parking will be available all day, and Channel Brewing will host a Bike from Work happy hour from 4-6 p.m.

The encouragement to take alternative transportation seems to be catching on.

“Based on a survey of participants from last year, we found that over 85 percent of participants continued to bike at least occasionally after the campaign, which is up from about 65 percent a few years ago,” McNickle said. “This steady growth is exactly what we hope for, and I think it shows that interest is growing in healthy, active transportation options.”

Commuters (or just those wanting to ride) can join a guided route to the Downtown Stockton location by arriving at 6:30 a.m. at David’s Pizza on Hammer Lane or Garlic Brothers at Village West Marina. The groups, guided by volunteers from SJBC and the Stockton Police Department, will ride for Downtown Stockton at 6:45 a.m. on May 16.

According to Dibs, anyone who bikes or walks to work just one day in May is eligible to win prizes such as a bicycle, gift cards and more. Those interested must register at www.dibsmyway.com.

To learn about other events during National Bike Month around the area, visit www.dibsmyway.com/biketowork

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