Get Ready for Bike2Work Day

AS_4555_resize_webDid you know that the average annual cost of owning and operating a car is over $9,000, or 18 percent of the average household’s income? Compare it to this: Owning and maintaining a bicycle can cost as little as $120 per year. Now that’s some serious savings!

April is Valley Bike Month, and communities around the region host all kinds of great Bike to Work events. This year, Bike to Work Week is April 20–24 and Bike2Work Day is Wednesday, April 22.

Here in Mesa, we hold our annual Bike2Work Day celebration on Earth Day. Pedal to Mesa City Plaza and enjoy a pancake breakfast ($3–$5) and Earth Day celebration green fair from 6 to 8 a.m. All proceeds are donated to a local bicycle-related charity.

The event is hosted by the City of Mesa Transportation Department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Even if you’re not a cyclist, come and join the fun! Questions? Call 480-644-3219.

In addition to the public portion of Bike2Work Day, the City of Mesa also conducts an internal City department challenge. Staff members from various departments compete against each other to rally the largest percentage of employees in their department to pedal to work. Prizes are awarded for riding, a slow race and a photo contest. Winners take home the traveling trophy, bragging rights and a free catered luncheon with the City Manager, hosted by the City of Mesa Transportation Department.