Pam LeBlanc spent nearly 15 years riding her bike to work. Now she works from home, but still bikes around Austin. Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

My commute’s gotten shorter since I left the Austin American-Statesman last fall to go freelance, but I still spend a lot of time pedaling around Austin on my bicycle.

May is National Bike Month, and this Friday cyclists can score free breakfast as part of Bike to Work Day.

The ninth annual event, sponsored by Bike Austin, Austin’s largest bicycling advocacy and education organization, will feature live music, free food and drinks at nearly 50 fueling stations around the city, and an after party at Cheer Up Charlies. It’s part of a nationwide effort to promote cycling as an environmentally and physically healthy habit. Last year, more than 3,000 people in Austin – including me! – participated in the event.

“Our goal is not only to get more people safely on the road on May 17, but to raise awareness about active transportation options as an everyday reality for Austinites,” said Chris Riley, president of Bike Austin.

The fueling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and include places like Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, the Paramount Theatre, the YETI Flagship, Wheatsville Co-op and Houndstooth Coffee. This year, the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative will also host leader-led bike trains along three main bike commuter.

Along with fueling stations, there will be live musical acts throughout the city to encourage morning commuters, as well as festivities and tacos at City Hall.Bike to Work Day will culminate with a Bike After Work Party from 5-8 p.m. atCheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River Street.

For more information about Bike to Work Day, along with a list of fueling stations, go to



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