Bike to Work Day - Thursday, May 12 at Stanford!
May is Bike Month

Stanford celebrates National Bike Month in May

Thank you for riding your bike on Bike to Work Day!

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Bike to Work Day at Stanford breaks participation record

Palm Drive Energizer StationMore than 2,500 bicyclists and 135 pedestrians participated in this year’s Bike to Work Day on May 12. Riders who recorded their miles eliminated 6,107 pounds of CO2 and rode an average of 8.7 miles. Photo: Alyssa Rudelis

Bike to Work Day by the numbers

This was a record-breaking year for Stanford’s Bike to Work Day. With more than 2,500 Stanford bicycle commuters and 135 pedestrians participating on May 12, Stanford saw a 17 percent increase over 2015.

The 844 bicycle commuters who reported their mileage logged a total of 7,353 miles and averaged 8.7 miles per trip. By biking instead of driving, these commuters eliminated an estimated 6,107* pounds of CO2 emissions on Bike to Work Day.

Energizer Stations

Riders and walkers stopped by one of Stanford’s 14 Energizer Stations, where they picked up snacks and free Bike to Work Day tote bags. More than 50 volunteers—many starting at 6:30 a.m.—helped to welcome and tally riders and walkers!

Riders and walkers came from as near as Palo Alto and as far as San Francisco and Sunol. Many expressed enthusiasm for their active commutes.

“I love my ride,” remarked one rider at White Plaza, “the mind doesn’t wake up without some exercise!” 

“Better than driving and parking!” added another.

Sprocket Man, Stanford’s bike safety hero, made an appearance at Palm Drive and Arboretum Road, helping to tally riders and spread good cheer.

The Energizer Stations were co-hosted by Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Those who took the bike safety pledge during May will be entered into a prize drawing to win a Breezer Downtown 3 bike generously donated by the Campus Bike Shop. Walker commuters who signed in at an Energizer Station will be entered to win a walking gift certificate. Winners will be announced in June.

For questions and assistance about biking and other active commutes, please send an email to commuteclub@stanford.edu.

* The per-mile emissions factor used for automobiles is 0.377 kg CO2/mile (or 0.831 lb. CO2/mile). This is based on an average passenger vehicle fuel economy of 23.3 miles per gallon (2012) figure from U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics

2016 Bike to Work Day Results

Locations Total Riders University and Hospital subtotals Riders who recorded miles Miles Avg. Trip Walkers
White Plaza 327   29 245.5 8.5 6
El Camino/Galvez Street 136   51 409.56 8.0 4
Campus Drive/Santa Teresa 85   37 386 10.4 1
Palm Drive 572   278 2710 9.7 54
Serra Street/El Camino 224   113 893.8 7.9 5
Clark Center/Dean's Lawn 274   73 508.5 7.0 17
Escondido at Comstock 364   92 519.4 5.6 5
SLAC 229   25 264.5 10.6 0
    2211        
Stanford Hospital Fountain 108    64 591.3 9.2 26
LPCH Falk Lot 58   27 245.82 9.1 14
Bohannon 27    0 0 0 0
Redwood City 88    0 0 0 0
Palo Alto Tech Center 26   17 284 16.7 1
Neuroscience Health Center 41   38 295 7.4 2
    348        
TOTAL STANFORD 2259   884 7353.38 8.7 135

Why Bike To Work?

  • Almost 40 percent of Bay Area commuters live within five miles of their workplace, a distance considered ideal for bicycle commuting.
  • If every person living this close to their workplace pedaled to work on Bike to Work Day, more than 60,000 vehicles would be off the road, reducing tailpipe emissions by more than 150,000 pounds.
  • Bicycling or walking could save both emissions and expenses. Try our Commute Cost and Carbon Emissions Calculator for your savings.

Be Safe Riding and Walking To Work

Breezer Downtown 3 bike
Breezer Downtown 3

Share your department’s Bike to Work Day ride—win a free breakfast!

department bike ride winner

department bike ride winner

Department Ride Breakfast winners from 2015 — Team Somnopedals (left) representing the hospital and Team "SUL" (right) representing the campus.

Share your department’s team spirit and how you rally colleagues to ride during May, National Bike Month, or on Bike to Work Day, May 12. We have heard stories of both short and long rides, some from as far away as San Francisco and beyond. The information will help foster new programs, gather information on bike-friendly departments, and inspire all of us to ride more and drive less when we can.

Submissions for this drawing are now closed. Luck of the draw will award a free* breakfast to the winning department. The winners will be announced in early June, so stay tuned. Thanks to all participants!

*Breakfast limited to budget capacity and our vendor selection, must be redeemed by June 30, 2016


SVBC Bike to Work Day Programs

Thanks to our friends at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) who are sharing these Bike to Work Day programs county-wide. More information, http://bikesiliconvalley.org/btwd/

Company Bike Challenge

The Company Bike Challenge is a great friendly cycling competition among companies throughout the Bay Area that encourages friends and colleagues to commute by bike during the month of May. Cyclists competing in the Team Bike Challenge will earn points for their team and company every time they ride their bike to work, the park, or any other destination. It's also another great way to show other companies in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties that you are a commuting champion.

To compete, individuals sign up on the Team Bike Challenge registration page and choose their company from a pull down menu. Points will then be counted towards that company. There are three categories for companies, and the company with the highest point total in each category wins!

For complete rules and to participate, register at teambikechallenge.com. Company Bike Challenge participants need only sign up and join their company. You can also join as a team for the Team Bike Challenge if you'd like (more information below).

Company categories are:

  • Small Business (1-50 Local Employees)
  • Medium Company (50-300 Local Employees)
  • Large Corporation (300+ Local Employees)

Team Bike Challenge

The Team Bike Challenge is a fun commute competition taking place during National Bike Month (May) that encourages friends and colleagues to form teams of two to five people to compete against other teams throughout the Bay Area. Team members will earn points every time they ride their bikes and for every mile they pedal. Whether you're riding to work, school, the park or almost anywhere else, you will earn points along the way. One team will be crowned from each county.

For complete rules and to participate, form a team of up to 5 riders and register today at teambikechallenge.com

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Thanks to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition who oversees Bike to Work Day in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and to 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Kaiser Permanente who provide funding.

For more information on Stanford's bicycle program and bike safety, visit the bike program website or email bike-information@stanford.edu.