– Bicycling Advocacy Organization Releases Full List of Fueling Stations, Return of Passport Program and After-Party Details for National Bike to Work Day event –
Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, is gearing up to host its annual Bike to Work Day (B2WD) on Friday, May 19. Austin is just one of the many cities that will be participating in this nationwide event. The event is meant to encourage residents to bike to work throughout the year, as well as celebrate bicycle safety and advocacy in the Austin community. Interested riders are strongly encouraged to pledge their support and participation before the event at biketoworkaustin.org.
In celebration of the 2017 event, Bike Austin has partnered with over 45 local businesses to participate as official “fueling stations” for participants to visit during their morning commute to work. These partners will offer various gifts to participating riders, including free coffee, small snacks, merch and swag, from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m during the day of the event. Fueling stations will be located throughout the city of Austin, allowing locals to participate no matter their location.
Notable fueling stations include Flyrite Chicken, who will offer a free tall-boy Lonestar Beer to cyclists (21+) that bike through its drive-thru at either the East 7th or the new Burnet locations; Bikealot, who in partnership with Austin Massage Company will be offering quick “body tune-ups” throughout the morning; Bouldin Creek Cafe, will be serving up tasty breakfast tacos, muffins, house-made granola and fresh fruit; and Houndstooth Coffee, who are offering free 12oz iced coffees on the patio at their Downtown location. Other key stations include Juiceland; Whole Foods Market; Bicycle Sport Shop; Livestrong Foundation; and as well as Jugo, who are set to offer riders complimentary fresh-pressed juice; and City Hall, the largest fueling station each year hosting over 10 booths onsite including TacoDeli, who will also be offering some of their beloved tacos to participating riders.
The full list of participating 2017 “fueling stations” is included below:
● Alliance Transportation
● Austin Cake Ball
● B Cycle
● Baby Greens
● Bennu Coffee
● Bicycle Sport Shop
● Bikealot/Austin Massage Company
● Birds Barbershop/Torchy’s Tacos
● Bouldin Creek Cafe/Please Be Kind to Cyclists
● City Hall
● Cuvee Coffee
● Dia’s Market
● Easy Rider Pedicab
● Easy Street & Monkey Wrench Bikes
● Flyrite Chicken
● Ghisallo Cycling Initiative
● Hops and Grain Brewing
● Kramer Station/Alliance Transportation Group
● Livestrong Foundation
● Mellow Johnny’s
● Michael F. Adams Station @ Mueller
● Quack’s Bakery
● Rhythm Superfoods
● South Austin Medical Center
● Thunderbird Coffee
● TownLake YMCA
● Upper Crust Bakery
● Volunteer (Randy Greenberg)
● Wheatsville Coop
● Whole Foods Market
Bike Austin will also proudly reintroduce its newly implemented B2WD Passport Program, which was a great success with its launch at last year’s event. To participate, 2017 riders will receive a specially created passport to collect unique stamps from each fueling station. Each stamp will enter cyclists into a raffle for numerous door prize drawings at the after-party, such as goodie bags and gift cards from Birds Barbershop, Rhythm Superfoods, Bennu Coffee, and more.
Bike Austin has also finalized additional details for the 2017 B2WD After-Party, which will be held at the Google Fiber Space that Friday evening starting at 5:00 p.m. At the after-party, participants will be offered complimentary beverages including beer from Hops & Grain Brewing, along with bites from Verts. All Austin cyclists are encouraged to stop by and partake in the community-wide event – RSVP is not required.
“Not only are we excited to give Austinites an opportunity to ride their bikes to work through hosting Bike to Work Day, but this is also a chance for the community to come together and unite in our movement to encourage bicycling as a source of transportation,” said Bike Austin’s Executive Director, Mercedes Feris. “We appreciate all of the participating businesses and riders that help make this event possible every year and we can’t wait to see how this year turns out. Hope to see all of Austin biking to work come May 19!”
The mission of Bike To Work Day is to attract new cyclists to commute while rewarding those who already do so. Not only do commuters improve the community by decreasing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution, but cycling commuters are proven to arrive at work more alert and in better health. 2017 marks the sixth annual year that B2WD will be held with more than 2,500 riders having participated in last year’s event.
For all 2017 event details and more information on B2WD, please visit biketoworkaustin.