Thursday: Get free stuff for biking to work


If the incentive of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and building toned thighs isn't enough to swap driving for riding a bike to work, perhaps free snacks (and in some cases, T-shirts) can be.

On Thursday, May 12, which has been designated as Bike to Work Day across San Mateo County, people commuting to work by bike that day will be able to to stop at "energizer stations" set up in various locations, where there will be refreshments, giveaways and bicycling information available.

Energizer stations are planned at the following locations.

In Menlo Park

● O'Brien Dr. and Willow Road, 6:30 to 9 a.m.

● Bike Bridge at Willow Place, 7 to 9 a.m.

● Bike Bridge at 100 San Mateo Drive, 7 to 9 a.m.

● Bike Bridge at Pierce Road/Ringwood Avenue (Pierce Road entrance), 7 to 9 a.m.

● Caltrain station, northbound platform (off Oak Grove Avenue), 7 to 9 a.m.

● Caltrain station, southbound platform (near Chamber office), 7 to 9 a.m.

● 4100 Bohannon Drive (near community classroom entrance), 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

● Facebook campus at Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

● Alameda de las Pulgas in front of fire station, 7 to 9 a.m.

In Portola Valley

● Alpine Road between Ladera and Interstate 280, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In Woodside

● Woodside Road at Alameda de las Pulgas (southwest corner), 6:30-9:30 a.m.

See where your commute crosses paths with the scheduled energizer stations on the [ map, check what time the stations will be open, or go to the Menlo Park website for more information.

When biking, wearing a helmet and using lights at night is always a good idea. For other safety tips, go to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition website.

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