Bike to Work Day 2016 celebration

BC will host our second annual evening celebration of Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 12, 5-8pm on the Todos Santos block of Salvio St.

We’ll be showing a variety of bikes equipped to transport kids and groceries, and bikes with battery assist (e-bikes) from Leonardo Cycles for those who want the option of bicycling with less effort sometimes.  Some of the bikes will be available for test rides in the open area of Salvio St.

There will be live music from local artists It’s Better with Wine and The Midnight Brothers, and remarks by the Mayor of Concord, Laura Hoffmeister.

Tickets will be sold for several raffle prizes, including gift baskets from Loard’s and Hop Grenade. All proceeds will benefit Bike Concord.

E.J. Phair and Loard’s have generously agreed to donate 10% of drink and ice cream proceeds during the event when you mention Bike Concord.  This will help fund our all-volunteer work for the coming year.

Arrive by bike and you can leave it with us for safekeeping at our free Bike Valet.

We are giving out a special Bike to Work Day edition Bike Concord pin for those who attend the event. Along with our Christmas Eve Ride and Tamale Fest pins, this is the third special-edition Bike Concord pin.

We’ll also be offering free bike repair with our usual Thursday evening Bike Tent, located for just this evening on Salvio St instead of its usual place at the corner of Grant St and Willow Pass Rd.

Please drop by, chat with us about how to make bicycling a practical transportation option for you, and enjoy the music!

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Final Master Plan Community Workshop on Thursday, May 5, 5:30pm

The third and final Master Plan Community Workshop will be on Thursday, May 5, 5:30pm at Wisteria Hall, Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord. City staff and consultants will present the public draft of the Master Plan to the general public for the first time, and comments will be accepted.

Please make every effort to attend. This public draft is the culmination of well over a year’s work, not only by staff and consultants, but by Bike Concord volunteers who have faithfully attended every meeting, read every document, and provided carefully-considered input all along the way.

We are relying on the Master Plan to bring firm policy commitments that will overcome persistent obstacles to good bicycle infrastructure in Concord. We will come to this Community Workshop with a developed position on the draft, including some non-negotiable elements whose presence or absence in the draft will determine whether we support or oppose its adoption.

Bike Tent 2016 launches April 21!

Bike Tent 2016 launches on Thursday, April 21 at Todos Santos! This is Bike Concord’s flagship service, a hub for our community, and a major venue for our public outreach.  Like last year, we’ll be there every Thursday from 5pm-8pm throughout the Farmers’ Market season.

Thanks to our new Surly Bill trailer, we’ll be hauling the entire Bike Tent kit to the plaza behind a single bicycle. (It’s an impressive load.) And thanks to the renewal of our sponsorship from John Muir Health, Bike Tent 2016 will again feature the mechanical expertise of Bronwen Mauch, supported by Bike Concord volunteer mechanics.

Stop by to get free adjustments and tuneups on your bicycle, hear the latest in our work to make Concord safe and convenient for bicycling, and get acquainted with our strong Bike Concord community. Bike Tent is located at the corner of Todos Santos across from Wells Fargo, near the intersection of Willow Pass Rd and Grant St. We look forward to seeing you!