On May 17, Klamath Falls will be celebrating National Bike to Work Day. For the past four years, Blue Zones Project – Klamath Falls has been proud to support Bike to Work Day by working with community partners and area organizations, supplying breakfast to people who commute on foot or by bike on the third Friday in May.
Back again this year is an evening celebration, held at Zach’s Bikes.
“Bike to Work Day is a great way to support Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 Principle of Moving Naturally,” says Kendra Santiago, PR and Marketing Manager for Blue Zones Project – Klamath Falls. “Not only do we want to celebrate those who are already active commuters, but we also want to increase awareness and encourage others to consider making walking, running, or cycling a part of their daily lives.”
This year’s sponsors of Bike to Work Day include National Institute for Transportation in Communities
(NITC), Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Community College, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Blue
Zones Project – Klamath Falls, JELD-WEN, Zach’s Bikes, Gathering Grounds, Klamath County Public
Health, and Klamath Rails-To-Trails.
A number of area businesses are also contributing to raffle prizes that will be awarded to those who register at the breakfast stations or evening celebration.
The four breakfast stations will be open from 6:30 am to 9:00 am on May 17 and are located at Klamath
Community College, Zach’s Bikes, Sky Lakes Medical Center, and on the OC & E Trail at Wiard Park.
The Wiard Park location is new this year and is sponsored by Klamath Rails-To-Trails.
“We are excited that we’re able to feature a location on the OC & E Trail this year since it is utilized not only by commuters, but also students, families, and people exercising,” says Kendra. “We have coordinated with Los 2 Koras, a local food truck to provide free breakfast burritos to the first 80 people to visit the Wiard Park location.”Kendra Santiago
Breakfast at each location will vary, but a mainstay will be DO Bars, fruit, water, coffee, and granola bars, all of which are free of charge to commuters that morning. The evening celebration will also feature free
refreshments, which are being supplied by Crazy R Pizza, Klamath Basin Brewing, and Pourhorse Mobile Cantina. The evening celebration will start at 5:30 pm and is being hosted by Zach’s Bikes.
Last year’s Bike to Work Day drew 107 participants from all over the community, who actively commuted
404 miles. With the introduction of new breakfast stations and increased community support, the team is
aiming to increase participation by 25%.