Bay Area’s “Bike to Wherever Days” Proves Popular Despite COVID, Fires

Bike to Wherever Days

More than 3,600 people from across the Bay Area participated in “Bike to Wherever Days,” which got bicyclists out across the nine-county region during September despite COVID-19, and poor air quality in the region for much of the month.

“Even with the challenges, Bay Area residents got out and showed how important biking is,” said Scott Hagerty, MTC Chair and Alameda County Supervisor. “It bodes well for biking as an everyday mode for people to get to destinations, which helps reduce greenhouses gases, while improving physical and mental health. And many of those who participated in this event took advantage of the growing Slow Streets movement.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the organizers of Bike to Work Day 2020 (BTWD) rescheduled the event from May 14 to September 24 in the hopes that employees would be returning to regular work routines. Unfortunately, that did not happen, the event pivoted to create Bike to Wherever Days.

The focus of Bike to Wherever Days was the same as that of BTWD – to encourage cyclists across Bay Area counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma – to get out and ride their bikes. This time, however, it wasn’t to work, but to wherever – through a park for fun, to run errands, to visit friends and family while social distancing – and to work if their places of business were open.


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