Bay Area commuters hop on their bicycles for annual Bike to Work Day

(Photo: Don Ryan, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Thousands of Bay Area commuters are expected to ditch the car keys and hop on a bicycle Thursday for the 22nd annual Bike to Work Day.

More than 60,000 cyclists hit the roads last year and organizers expect tens of thousands to participate this year as well.

Free drinks, snacks and other goodies will be provided for riders at more than 400 energizer stations. The stations will be located along local bike commute routes in all nine Bay Area counties, according to organizers.

Sunny skies is in the forecast for today making for perfect riding conditions, unlike last year when it rained.

Local elected leaders plan to get in on the action, including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who said during a ribbon-cutting celebration for new protected bike lanes on Telegraph Avenue on Tuesday that she will be taking her own bicycle down from her home in the Oakland hills.

Schaaf will have a pancake breakfast waiting for her outside City Hall as part of one of the larger energizer stations planned at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, according to Bike East Bay organizers.

During the evening commute, riders can stop by one of the many Bike to Work Day happy hours offering deals to cyclists that evening.

More information about Bike to Work Day can be found here.

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