Agencies, businesses support cyclists during Lake Tahoe bike to work week
May 7, 2008
With National Bike to Work Week just a few days away, Tahoe area coffee shops businesses and agencies are coming out in strong support for the event.
Seven local coffee shops will be offering free coffee or discounted espresso drinks to riders each day of Bike to Work Week, which takes place May 12-16.
On the South Shore, Alpen Sierra will host a kick-off coffee stop with coffee and muffins for riders from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, May 12. On Friday, May 16, riders can celebrate their success and meet other riders at the Wide Awake Conscious Cafe coffee stop, also from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
On the North Shore, Incline Village General Improvement District will host a coffee stop with coffee, fruit and muffins from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the Incline Village Recreation Center. Six other coffee shops or grocery stores are also offering free coffee throughout the week to riders.
Other businesses are supporting the ride through cash donations or raffle prizes. Each day that participants ride, they will be entered into a drawing.
Some of the donated prizes include ski lift tickets, overnight hotel stays, bike tune-ups, or dinners at local restaurants. A grant from the Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board also helped support the purchase of Bike to Work banners.
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“We had a lot of great support from local businesses last year, and we have even more this year,” says Karen Fink, transportation planner at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
“Everyone we have contacted has been very enthusiastic about helping out.” Several local agencies are also supporting their own internal Bike to Work Challenges.
The U.S. Forest Service, TRPA, and South Tahoe Refuse are three agencies that are holding weekly or monthly drawings with prizes to encourage their employees to ride to work all summer long.
So far there are 330 riders and 25 teams signed up for this year’s challenge. New teams this year include the South Tahoe High School and the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
There is still time to sign up. For more information about Bike to Work Month, to sign up for the Challenge, or to be a sponsor, please see the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition’s website: http://www.tahoebike.org or contact Karen Fink, Transportation Planner, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, at (775) 588-4547, ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.