San Diego bicycle commuters. Photo courtesy SANDAG

Events will be held around San Diego County Thursday to celebrate Bike to Work Day and cheer on participating residents.

The San Diego Association of Governments will host 100 pit stops for bike riders around the county, offering free T-shirts, snacks and refreshments to celebrate its 26th annual Bike to Work Day event. The pit stops span from San Ysidro to Oceanside and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. regardless of the weather.

The National Weather Service office is forecasting rain for the region on Thursday morning.

During last year’s Bike to Work Day, SANDAG recorded a record-high 10,950 pit stop visits throughout the county. A map of pit stop locations can be found online.

“Hosting a Bike to Work Day pit stop is fun — we love bikes and we especially love bike commuters,” said Cal Coast Bicycles Owner Charlie Skerlecz, a pit stop host for the eighth time. “It’s a great way for us to show some extra support for those who get up early to make the commute.”

Residents in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego proper will have the opportunity to win a free bluetooth speaker when they take a photo with their bike at any of the neighborhood’s six pit stops and post it online with the hashtag #Bike2WorkNorthPark. Other areas of the county will have similar promotions as well to encourage residents to forego their cars for the day.

Residents can visit SANDAG’s iCommute website for information on all the Bike to Work Day festivities.

— City News Service

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