‘Bike to Wherever Days’ off and rolling in September

‘Bike to Wherever Days’ off and rolling in September
Photo courtesy of Bike East Bay

By Kathy Chouteau

Bike to Work Day in Richmond and beyond has been rescheduled with a twist. The annual event, which was cancelled in May due to the pandemic, has been reimagined by Bike East Bay as “Bike to Wherever Days” with several options for celebrating on Thursday, Sept. 24 and throughout September.

The annual event aims to emphasize the health, environmental and cost-effective benefits associated with riding a bike.

According to the Richmond City Manager’s Report, the first step to participate is to “Pledge to Ride” on Sept. 24, or Bike to Wherever Day, which Bike East Bay calls “the biggest day of the year for biking.” Click the link to register and start looking for the digital goodie bags that will be emailed your way.

Another bit of fun organizers have dreamed up is for individuals or teams to sign up for the “Bay Area Bike to Wherever Days Challenge” during September. Those who register and log their rides can participate in competitions and will be eligible for random prize drawings like Alaska Airlines tickets, bike helmets and more.

Community members who participate in the event can also pick up their “Bike to Work Day 2020” souvenir tote bag (empty) at the Richmond Public Library (main branch only), Rich City Rides, Contra Costa Library System and The Pedaler in El Sobrante as of Sept. 9, per the report.

This month, the “West County Greenway Challenge” is afoot as well, according to the report. The Richmond Greenway in Richmond and the Ohlone Greenway in El Cerrito will have banners with QR codes and websites that cyclists can scan to check in. Those who check in to a minimum of two Greenway stations will receive a $10 Amazon gift card while supplies last. Station locations can be viewed here.

For more info, check out Bike East Bay’s website.