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Gear Up: Bike to Work Day is Coming

(Image - Bike to Work Day) SLAC will host an energizer station for cyclists on Thursday, May 18, for Bike to Work Day. This will be the 5th year SLAC has set up a table on Sand Hill Road to provide free refreshments, giveaways, and encouragement to cyclists.

The station will be located just outside the lab's main entrance and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

"For Bike to Work Day, we find folks commuting from as far as San Francisco," said Rick Challman, the cyclist behind SLAC's energizer station.

For Challman, every day is Bike to Work Day. He rides 30 miles round-trip from his home in Cupertino, rain or shine. His co-volunteer, Mike Woods, also bikes regularly, logging about eight miles round-trip.

Last year, Bike to Work Day suffered from a torrential storm and a three-day power outage that closed SLAC. This year, Bike to Work Day organizers anticipate up to 100,000 participants in the Bay Area.

According to the Bicycle Coalition, more than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling. Cycling is good for your body, good for the air, and fun. SLAC is ideally located near some of the best and most beautiful cycling routes in San Mateo County.

SLAC has men's and women's locker rooms and showers in Building 34, the Controls Building, located behind ES&H Building 24.

To help out at SLAC's energizer station, contact Rick Challman,

For more information about other energizer station locations and registration (encouraged but not necessary), click here.

—Heather Rock Woods
  SLAC Today, May 11, 2006