Bike to Work Day offers transit options

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I would have liked to see more people participating for health and other reasons, but it takes a lot of sacrifice and pre-planning to do this,” said Whittier Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez. “Hopefully, we can continue to build on it and get more people to fit it into their schedule from time to time.” The four who biked to work in Whittier said it was a great experience and they would do it again. Included among the four was a community services supervisor who competes in “ironman” competitions and three working mothers. “I enjoyed being on my own, able to think and enjoy the birds and trees,” said Regina Zuniga, who cycled from her Hacienda Heights home to Whittier. “It also showed my three girls, who were impressed that mom was riding a bike to work, and that there are other means of transportation.” “I pay $70 a week for gas for my SUV, so I may consider doing this again at least a couple of days a week,” added Greg Alaniz, the ironman competitor, who pedaled from the Montebello YMCA to Whittier City Hall. The day was organized by the California Bicycle Coalition and regional groups to promote environmental conservation, alternative transportation and gas savings. WHITTIER – Whittier City officials tried to get employees to ride their bikes to work on Thursday’s Bike to Work Day, but not even high gas prices got very many out of their cars. Only four out of 100 employees who work at Whittier City Hall chose to ride their bikes to the office. In Santa Fe Springs, 13 city employees pedaled to work, said Steve Masura, redevelopment manager. The four bikers in Whittier were awarded certificates for coffee at a local coffee shop and, in Santa Fe Springs, they were presented T-shirts, free water bottles and certificates for snacks. It reportedly met with more success in other parts of Los Angeles County than in the Whittier area. An average of about 50 cyclists pulled over at each of the 14 MTA “pit stops” in cities including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Arcadia, said Paula Carvajal, a project manager for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the promoter of the event in the county. Pledges on the MTA’s Web site, for riders to get free bicycle patch kits and win prizes, were also up from 2,000 in 2005 to 3,000 this year, she added. Additional incentives to cycle to work were free rides on several county bus lines including Norwalk Transit, Montebello Bus Lines, Metro Bus and Metro Rail. The number of cyclists who boarded buses for a free ride was not available on Thursday. In other parts of the state, the number of cyclists was up from last year, said K.C. Butler, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition. Organizers said they are hoping for a big turnout today for San Diego’s Bike to Work Day. In the future, the coalition hopes to introduce more cycling events to get people interested in alternative forms of transportation, said Butler. “We hope to keep increasing cyclists every year, not just on Bike to Work Day but every day,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more