May is national bike month, and this year the East Bay is bursting with bike events! East Bay bicyclists are faced this month with an eclectic array of events to attend, from Bike East Bay’s post-Bike to Work Day street party, followed by Bike Happy Hour in Old Oakland, to a meet-and-ride with celebrated bike author Elly Blue, among numerous others.

Many mayors, city council members and other elected officials will be riding to work on May 8 to show their support for improvements in their cities to make it safer and easier to commute by bike. For the latest list of which elected officials are participating, go to BikeEastBay.org/btwd_electeds.

In addition, as part of their Telegraph Bikeways Campaign, Bike East Bay will be showcasing a protected bike lane demonstration at Telegraph and 27th. This community event will allow bicyclists to ride in a parking-protected bike lane for one block, demonstrating the effect of this innovative design on this key corridor. Currently, 1,200 people bike Telegraph Avenue every day, and many more are estimated to use this street if it were safer to bike on.

Here are some Oakland-based highlights. Visit BikeEastBay.org/calendar for a full list of events.

Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) serves more than 33 cities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, supporting bicycling as an alternative source of transportation for everyday commuting and recreation. Visit www.BikeEastBay.org for more information.

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