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Employee bicycles to SCV from Palmdale

Posted: May 16, 2008 1:49 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 

More than 200 Santa Clarita residents pedaled into work Thursday as part of the city's Fifth annual Bike to Work day, with one city employee riding all the way from Palmdale.

James Montgomery, a general maintenance worker for the city, said he left at 4 a.m. Thursday to make the two-hour trek to his job at Central Park.

A few other city employees rode from the Sand Canyon area of Canyon Country to City Hall, said Travis Lange, environmental services manager for the city.

"Using your bicycle and leaving your automobile at home for a 10-mile trip results in major gas savings of about a half a gallon of gasoline per 10-mile trip," he said. "Burning one gallon of gas in your automobile creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide."

Thirty-two city employees biked a total of 240 miles Thursday, which equates with a 240-pound reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, he said.

Bicyclists representing 25 businesses passed through the various pit stops set up by the city and other organizations Thursday morning. The event is part of a state-wide Bike to Work week, which ends today.

Casey Bingham, a project technician for the city, said the city has 32 miles of bike trails for residents to use.

He said he has seen an increase in the number of residents using bicycles as an alternative method of transportation and some cite high gas prices as the reason.

Lange, who said he sometimes bikes to work, said he hopes pedaling to work will become a habit for residents.

"It's a nice way to start the day," Lange said. "It's kind of nice to unwind as you're cruising in to work."

Lange suggested mapping out a route beforehand, checking your bike for flat tires and other problems, wearing a helmet and putting a light on your bike if you ride at night.

"Once you get into the routine, it works out pretty well," he said.

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