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Starbucks Bike to Work Day

Islanders are used to sharing the road with cyclists — from families on mountain bikes riding for recreation to colorfully spandexed riders training for races, and everything in between. On any given day, hundreds of bicycles traverse the Island for recreation or as part of their commute. With growing traffic and environmental concerns, as well as the lately pristine spring weather, perhaps now is the time to make the switch to two wheels.

This Friday, May 18, offers such an opportunity with Starbucks Bike to Work Day. Riders can stop by commute stations throughout the Puget Sound where volunteers will be handing out free water, Clif bars, maps, bicycle commute information and other goodies at 37 stations around Seattle. The stations will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 9 a.m.

Two stations will cater to the Island: One at the entrance to the I-90/Mercer Island trail at S.E. 34th Street, and another at the west end of the I-90 tunnel. Enter the Starbucks Bike To Work Day raffle and have your bike spot-checked by bike shop station sponsors, at stations as well.

Cascade Bicycle Club, the largest cycling club in the United States, would like to see official bicycle counts become commonplace around Puget Sound, but until then, the number tallied each year on Bike to Work Day has become the default indicator of the cycling community’s growing size and strength.

Upwards of 10,000 riders are expected on Starbucks Bike to Work Day and riders hope to generate political momentum for more bike facilities.

If your commute takes you downtown Seattle, a Bike to Work Day rally will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall at 600 4th Ave. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will speak about the new Bike Master Plan and other projects in the works.

For more information on Starbucks Bike to Work Day, including an interactive map of all the commuter stations, visit http://cbcef.org/btw /btw_day.html

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