Tens of thousands of commuters donned helmets and ditched cars Thursday to commute by bike for the 20th annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day. For many participants, it was a way to reduce carbon footprints and boost health, but for others it was simply a way to have fun and enjoy the sunshine.
About 100 “energizer stations” were set up between Daly City and Gilroy so people could recharge with snacks and fellow cyclists, as well as pick up information on safe cycling practices and routes.
More than 60 percent of smog is caused by automobile emissions, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The organization set a goal last fall to reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is aiming to have 10 percent of all trips to be taken via bike by 2025. Every mile cycled instead of driven helps.