Pedal Power: Bike-to-work week celebrated |

Pedal Power: Bike-to-work week celebrated

Bike to Work Day is an annual national event sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, locally organized in western Nevada County by the Alliance for People Powered Transportation.

Local sponsors will be offering free items to bicycle commuters on Friday, and prizes will be awarded.

Register to be considered for the “New Commuter Award” or “Dedicated Commuter Award” by e-mailing with your name, address, the length and route of your commute, and how long you’ve been a bicycle commuter.

Local sponsors and discounts for bicycle commuters on Friday include: Flour Garden (2 locations in Grass Valley) free coffee from 6 a.m. to noon; Caroline’s Coffee (Grass Valley & Nevada City) free coffee from 6 a.m. to noon; Golden Empire Market (105 West Empire St., Grass Valley) free drink: soda, water, or coffee; Hollywood Sweets, 12041 Sutton Way in Grass Valley; one free pastry from owner’s selection; Rebecca’s Mighty Muffins, 421 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley, ask about reward for bicycle commuters; Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop (457 Sacramento St. in Nevada City) water bottle with items; TR2 Bicycle Shop (457 Sacramento St. in Nevada City) ask about reward for bicycle commuters; Wolf Creek Wilderness (595 East Main Street in Grass Valley) $25 off purchases over $100.

In celebration of bike-to-work week, some regional organizations have challenged their communities to get back in the saddle to travel with pedal power.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has challenged several institutions in Tahoe to see who can log the most miles on their bikes this week.

In a friendly competition that includes the California Tahoe Conservancy, City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County and Lahontan Water Board, employees will take to the road today through Friday to see who can accumulate the most miles.

“We are taking it pretty seriously,” said Alfred Knotts with the El Dorado County department of transportation’s engineering division. “We have a lot of bike trails that we are either building or are in the planning phases, and we’d like to show that we practice what we preach.”

The 12-member office will have 80 percent of its staff on their bikes for the week, he said.

Lauri Kemper, division director for Lahontan, decided she’s riding to work every day from the North Upper Truckee area, and has challenged a co-worker who lives in the neighborhood to do the same.

“It increases everyone’s awareness, it’s encouraging and supporting,” Kemper said. “It’s not every week I can ride my bike every day, but it’s the fact that it gets you in the habit.”

TRPA spokeswoman Angela Moniot said for every mile a person rides a bike, they keep 3.6 pounds of pollutants out of the air.

“This competition ties directly to the TRPA’s mission to reduce pollution at Lake Tahoe,” she said in a statement. She’s been riding up and down Kingsbury every day this month.

TRPA is also seeking sponsorship for each mile logged. The money will go toward an environmental scholarship fund that has supported six scholarships over the past two years for graduating seniors pursuing careers in the environmental field.

Also participating are Gary Davis Group, Incline Village General Improvement District, North Tahoe Public Utility District, South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District, South Tahoe Refuse, and the U.S. Forest Service in Tahoe.

— Amanda Fehd, Swift News service writer, contributed to this report.

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