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Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday

Posted: May 13, 2014 2:45 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 2:45 p.m.

Bikers arrive at a "pit stop" at Santa Clarita City Hall in Valencia during 2013's Bike to Work Day.

 

It’s time to leave your car at home, dust off that bike in the garage and peddle to work because Thursday is the 11th annual Bike to Work Day.

Staffers at Santa Clarita City Hall want local residents to join them as they don their bicycle helmets Thursday and bicycle to work in a city-sponsored event that has helped keep participants healthy for more than a decade — at least for one day in the year.

“We will have five pit stops, open 7 to 9 a.m., around the city with giveaways, refreshments, and bicycling information,” said Laura Jardine, Project Technician
of Environmental Services for the city of Santa Clarita.

Pit stops are locations where cyclists can grab a bottle of water on their way to work and “for riders to stop and visit with each other, sign in to show their participation, and grab some refreshments or giveaways before continuing on to work,” Jardine said.

“Right now businesses are registering and rallying their troops to compete in the Santa Clarita Bike to Work Day Challenge where the small, medium and large businesses will compete to see who has the largest percentage of participation,” Jardine said.

“All participants will also be entered into a raffle with lots of great prizes,” she said.

Companies that register in advance provide their current, total number of active employees.

On Thursday, they will provide a list of riders from their company and we will take that number to calculate their percentage of participation. The largest percentage of participation in each the small, medium and large business categories will win for their category, Jardine said.

Unofficially, the event kicks off when everyone gets on their bikes. Officially, the event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday at various locations in Santa Clarita.

The event is part of the city’s Green Santa Clarita campaign, as fewer cars on the road mean less carbon emission released into the atmosphere.

The combustion of fossil fuels such as gasoline and diesel used in getting motorists from point A to point B is the second largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the UN Environmental Protection Agency.

Such combustion accounts for about 32 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions across America and 27 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, according to the EPA. This category includes transportation sources such as highway vehicles, air travel, marine transportation and rail transportation.

For more information or to participate, visit GreenSantaClarita.com or call the city’s Environmental Services Division at (661) 286-4098.

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