Hundreds of cyclists braved last Wednesday’s mean morning drizzle to celebrate Bike-to-Work Day – and week – congregating en masse at the intersection of State and De la Guerra streets. For their exertions, cyclists received free muffins, juices, and coffee, plus a pat on the back by event organizers, who urged more commuters to put their cars in the garage and dust off their bikes. Such exhortations, coupled with the sky-rocketing price of gasoline, may be having some effect. According to a recent survey, 10 percent of downtown Santa Barbara workers commute to and from work by bike; 46 percent of downtown workers drive alone to and from work – compared to a much higher countywide average – while 16 percent walk and another 16 percent ride the bus. To encourage downtown workers to commute via bicycle, City Hall will soon add a bike station to the newly constructed parking garage behind the Granada Theatre. The bike station will offer secure parking for up to 78 bicycles, a patch-and-repair center, and showers.

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