Look at that beauty, would you? She could be all yours! (Are bikes “she” like boats? Well, we’re going with it.)
Bike Austin’s annual Bike to Work Day (B2WD) is next Friday, May 19, and it’s an amazing way to see a whole new side of our city.
To celebrate this year’s event, we’ve partnered with one of our favorite local bike shops, Bicycle Sports Shop, as well as the nonprofit group behind the annual B2WD event, Bike Austin, to host a special giveaway featuring a brand spankin’ new 2017 Lookfar bike. It has a retail value of $529.99 and is available in Black or Cadet Blue. The Lookfar makes cruising and commuting easy and is great for all levels. One simple trigger shifter changes the gears up-or-down through all 7-speeds, and 42mm-wide Continental tires feel fast on smooth ground while still confidently handling rough terrain. To read more about your future bike (fingers crossed!) click here.
To enter, just fill out this B2WD 2017 pledge-to-ride form anytime now to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 15. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. Good luck, people!
The mission of Bike To Work Day is to attract new cyclists to commute while rewarding those who already do so. Not only do commuters improve the community by decreasing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution, but cycling commuters are proven to arrive at work more alert and in better health.
To encourage citywide participation, Bike Austin has partnered with over 45 local businesses across Austin to participate as official “fueling stations” for participants to visit during their morning commute to work. These partners will offer various gifts to participating riders, including free coffee, small snacks, merch, and swag, from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m during the day of the event.
Notable fueling stations include Flyrite Chicken, who will offer a free tall-boy Lonestar Beer to cyclists (21+) that bike through its drive-thru at either the East 7th or the new Burnet locations; Bikealot, who in partnership with Austin Massage Company will be offering quick “body tune-ups” throughout the morning; Bouldin Creek Cafe, will be serving up tasty breakfast tacos, muffins, house-made granola and fresh fruit; and Houndstooth Coffee, who are offering free 12oz iced coffees on the patio at their Downtown location. Other key stations include Juiceland; Whole Foods Market; Bicycle Sport Shop; Livestrong Foundation; and as well as Jugo, who are set to offer riders complimentary fresh-pressed juice; and City Hall, the largest fueling station each year hosting over 10 booths onsite including TacoDeli, who will also be offering some of their beloved tacos to participating riders.
They’re also bringing back the beloved B2WD Passport Program, in which 2017 riders will receive a specially created passport to collect unique stamps from each fueling station. Each stamp will enter cyclists into a raffle for numerous door prize drawings at the after-party, such as goodie bags and gift cards from Birds Barbershop, Rhythm Superfoods, Bennu Coffee, and more.
This year’s 2017 B2WD After-Party will be held at the Google Fiber Space on Friday evening starting at 5:00 p.m. At the after-party, participants will be offered complimentary beverages including beer from Hops & Grain Brewing, along with bites from Verts. All Austin cyclists are encouraged to stop by and partake in the community-wide event—no RSVP required.
Here’s the full list of fueling stations:
- Alliance Transportation
- Austin Cake Ball
- B Cycle
- Baby Greens
- Bennu Coffee
- Bicycle Sport Shop
- Bikealot/Austin Massage Company
- Birds Barbershop/Torchy’s Tacos
- Bouldin Creek Cafe/Please Be Kind to Cyclists
- City Hall
- Cuvee Coffee
- Dia’s Market
- Easy Rider Pedicab
- Easy Street & Monkey Wrench Bikes
- Flyrite Chicken
- Ghisallo Cycling Initiative
- Hops and Grain Brewing
- Kramer Station/Alliance Transportation Group
- Livestrong Foundation
- Mellow Johnny’s
- Michael F. Adams Station @ Mueller
- Quack’s Bakery
- Rhythm Superfoods
- South Austin Medical Center
- Thunderbird Coffee
- TownLake YMCA
- Upper Crust Bakery
- Volunteer (Randy Greenberg)
- Wheatsville Coop
- Whole Foods Market