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Event encourages people to bike to work

There will be 100 pit stops through San Diego County to help encourage you along the way.

Douglas Alden commutes to work along Camino Del Mar on Wednesday morning in Del Mar, California. Del Mar has a buffer lane to separate traffic and cyclists. (Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

About 400 Qualcomm employees took part in Bike to Work Day 2016. (Howard Lipin/Union-Tribune)

It’s time to snap on your helmet and roll through the city during Bike to Work Day on May 18.

Whether your commute is 5 or 50 minutes, there will be 100 pit stops through San Diego County to help encourage you along the way. The stops, which will be open from 6-9 a.m., will provide fun breaks for both new and experienced bicyclists. Plus, if you register for the event, you’ll receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Find a map of all the pit stops here.

Riders participating in the day are encouraged to hop on social, too. A Facebook contest run by @iCommuteSD, will award a favorite Bike to Work Day commuter, commuter group and pit stop. Participants must share photos between May 18-21 to be eligible. 

If, after you participate in Bike to Work Day, you decide that riding to work on your stylish two-wheeler sounds like something you want to do more frequently, iCommuteSD offers riding tips, information about taking your bike on transit, bike safety tips and much more to make sure you get where you’re going quickly and safely. Plus, you can map your ride on the website’s San Diego Regional Bike Map to make sure you’re taking the best route from point A to point B.

Bike to Work Day is part of the greater National Bike Month, which was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists and is celebrated all around the U.S. To register for the event online, visit icommutesd.com.

A bicyclist rides along Mira Mesa Boulevard during Bike to Work Day 2016. (Howard Lipin/Union-Tribune)

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