Today at Berkeley Lab

Video: Cyclists Share Tips on Navigating the Lab’s Unique Terrain

Berkeley Lab’s main campus can be both pleasant and tricky for cyclists — there’s much less car traffic than on the surrounding city streets, but there are many more hills and some “trouble spots” where cars and bikes need to take extra caution. We talked to a few veteran Berkeley Lab cyclists to get their advice on how to navigate the terrain.

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Bike to Work Month: How Jacob Gimbel Turned Biking Into Daily Commute

Jacob Gimbel bikes to a Lab shuttle stop near his home in Berkeley and takes the Lab shuttle to work — with his bike stowed away on the shuttle’s bike rack — almost every day, even when it’s raining. His secret? Take it one day at a time until biking to work becomes second nature. More>

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E-Bike Riders Offer Perspectives on New and Improved Commutes

As part of National Bike Month, Pat Thorson, Michael Hammel, and John Elliot share their take on switching to electric bicycles, known as e-bikes. Thorson says e-bikes make biking feel safer. Hammel is impressed with his e-bike’s ability to carry both him and his 10-year-old daughter. Elliot loves how quick his commute has become. More>

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Potential for Traffic Delays Due to Cal Graduations

Over the next couple of weeks, UC Berkeley academic departments will be conducting commencements, with several taking place at the nearby Greek Theater. Employees may experience delays commuting to or from the Lab when these ceremonies take place.

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For Florian Soom, Biking to Work is a Family Affair

As a youngster in Switzerland, Florian Soom rode his bike to school each day. Now, as an adult and parent, he’s still cycling to school … though this time around he has his daughter in tow, dropping her off on his way to work in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. More>

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Bike to Work Day: NERSC’s Annette Greiner Cycles for Her Love of the Bike

For Annette Greiner, who has biked to work in Ann Arbor, Chicago, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and crossed the continent on two wheels, part of her daily commute is getting into a driver’s mindset. “I’m always thinking ahead about a driver’s point of view and how visible I am to them,” she says. More>

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Bike-to-Work Day is May 10; Tips and Resources for a Great Ride

Considering biking to work on May 10? Get support along the way at one of 143 “energizer stations” that will pop up in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that day. Go here for a map of stations, as well as information on safe riding, the Lab’s shuttle buses and shower facilities, and the Bike Station located in downtown Berkeley.

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National Bike Month Profile of Recumbent Cyclist Scott Young

Scott Young of the Energy Technologies Division likes biking daily to work because of the “built-in” exercise it provides, and the sense of freedom it brings. His tips for safe commuting? Try to use low-traffic streets when possible, and constantly watch what’s going on around you. Scott is also a member of the Berkeley Lab Bike Buddy program to aid other cyclists. More>

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Want to Ride Your Bike to Work? Enter the Bay Area Bike Challenge

May is Bike to Work Month. If you want to ride your bike to work this month, enter the Bay Area Bike Challenge to join a team or start your own, track your rides, win prizes, or just have fun. More information on the Bay Area Bike Challenge is available here.

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Discover a Great Way to Commute at E-Bike Meetup on April 30

May is National Bike Month. Get prepared by learning about the benefits of an electric bike. Do good for the planet, get some exercise, skip parking, and navigate the hills of Berkeley with ease. If you’re interested in electric bikes or already have one, join an informal gathering of e-bikers on Monday, April 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the picnic area outside Buildings 30 and 33. Can’t make it? Check out the E-Bike FAQs.

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