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Santa Clarita Bike to Work Day, May 17, 2012

May 22, 2012 8:00 am

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The City of Santa Clarita, teamed up with Newhall Bicycle and Performance Cyclery, held a Bike to Work Day as part of the Bike to Work Month, on May 17, 2012. The event took place all across the Santa Clarita Valley, complete with 4 pit stops that offered riders, not only a chance to enter into the drawings, but also free refreshments and goodies, as repair kits, plastic water bottles etc.
The City of Santa Clarita announced on the “Green Santa Clarita” website: “Make a resolution to join other regional commuters on Bike to Work Day, May 17. It’s fun, healthy and good for the environment! Pledge to bike to work or school and be eligible to win cool prizes. Prizes include: REI Novara Transfer commuter bicycle and accessories valued at $750, Five (5) one-year memberships for nationwide bicycle roadside assistance from Better World Club and one (1) one-year membership to any Bikestation facility.”
In addition, there are gift certificates given away at the drawings, for businesses small or large that signed up.
The four pit stops were located at the City Hall, Bouquet Cnyn. Rd & Valencia Blvd., Soledad Cnyn. Rd. & Camp Plenty trail access, and Newhall Ave. & 16th Str. trail access.
This event is rooted in the history of the National Bike Month, that started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. It later evolved into Bike Month and it strives to promote safe bicycling as an healthy option for commuting to work. In LA County there were over 75 pit stops set up for people to celebrate Bike Week LA 2012 from May 14 – 18.
On Thursday May 17 in Santa Clarita approximately 150 people chose to bike to work, just one more way to promote a greener Santa Clarita.
Unfortunately at 8:04 a.m. a collision occured between a female bicyclist and a car, near the City Hall, however neither the bicyclist nor the driver sustained any major injuries. The circumstances of the collision are not clear.
Pictured here are the pit stops at the Bouquet Junction and at Camp Plenty Rd. & Soledad Canyon Rd. At the Bouquet Junction pit stop hosts Cindy Marnoch of Performance Cyclery and resident John Pennala are greeting riders and offering them refreshments, small gifts and a chance to sign in for the prize drawings that the City of Santa Clarita put together. At 8 a.m. there were already over 30 riders that passed through the Bouquet Junction pit stop. The last three images are from the Camp Plenty Rd. & Soledad Canyon Rd. trail access pit stop, where City employee July Brooks welcomed riders that took the challenge to bike to work.

Gabie Cardenas – Photojournalism

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