California Bikes to Work Today…

…and Calls In Sore Tomorrow

Bike to Work Day in CaliforniaHelmet? Check. Water bottle? Got it. Metro bus pass when we poop out halfway to work? You bet your aching glutes. Today’s the day many Californians bike the walk and not just talk the talk. It’s Bike to Work Week 2008, and boy, do we need it.

In its thirteenth year, California’s Bike to Work Week officially encourages bicycling as the best form of transportation to decrease traffic congestion and improve air quality (and unofficially, to reduce obesity and try to stick it to the big oil companies). Thousands of cyclists are expected to participate statewide, and several cities are providing bike-friendly pit stops with snacks, maps, and discount coupons. In Los Angeles, bicyclists can already ride for free (all year long) on any Metro bus or light rail as long as they have their bike or helmet with them. (I do wonder about riders who just carry their helmets onto the bus or train, picturing their Schwinn in a twisted heap on the side of Sunset Boulevard.)

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Written by Deb Hiett

Deb Hiett spent several years in New York City, where she was an actress, dancer, musician, and playwright. In reviewing her first original one-woman show, The Village Voice called her "the bold new voice in solo . . . a sure-shot writer." Her work has won The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts “One on One” Writing Competition and The Western Stage's “Starving Artist” Playwriting prize, and her short stories have appeared in several literary journals.

Deb’s love of writing married her passion for healthful, organic, and environmentally-conscious living once she moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. She has spent the past year planning her wedding, writing screenplays, and applying a variety of broad-spectrum sunscreens.


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