Santa Monica celebrated the 14th annual Bike to Work Day with the release of a Big Blue Bus (BBB) Bike Map and a “pit stop” in front of City Hall.
The new map combines information on the BBB’s routes with information on local bike routes so bike riders can consider ways to utilize both the bus and a bike as an alternative to driving to work or for leisure activities. All Big Blue Buses, including the miniblue buses, contain bike racks, and there is no extra cost for bringing a bicycle on board.
Chris Ramirez, the BBB’s Marketing and Public Information Coordinator, told the Mirror the new map “combines the information on the bus and bike routes so bikers don’t have to carry two maps around with them.”
Bike to Work Day on May 15 was part of a full week’s activities around the state to encourage biking as alternative form of transportation. Metro was the lead agency for Los Angels County and they helped coordinate the 35 “pit stops” around the county where bikers could fill up their tires, get their bike chains tightened, repair a flat tire, enjoy some refreshments, and receive free bike maps from the City of Santa Monica and/or Metro and get other give-aways. All bus systems in the County gave riders with bikes a free ride on the day of the event.
The Metro website for the event stated, “Surveys show that more than 30% of people who tried bike commuting for the first time last year are STILL RIDING!” The website also notes that “burning one gallon of gas in your automobile creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide.” The site contains a CO2 calculator so you can see how much you reduce your personal CO2 footprint and how many gallons of gasoline you can save by biking to work. www.metro.net/biketowork.
The other pit stop in Santa Monica was at the REI store at 4th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. They hosted a bike community workshop and bike maintenance workshop to help get bikers ready for the event. They participate in the County event every year and are also a national sponsor of Bike to Work. A pit stop was also located at UCLA Bruin Plaza.
Copies of the new BBB Bike Map can be obtained from the BBB’s Transit Store located at 223 Broadway near the Third Street Promenade or you can request a copy to be mailed to you by calling BBB’s Customer Service at (310) 451-5444.