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Bicyclists brave heat on special day heat

Photo Courtesy Of Jim Fenton

Cyclists stopped at the Energizer Station at the intersection of Foothill Expressway and Main Street for water and a chat.

Bike-to-work volunteers counted 417 cyclists passing through Los Altos last week for the region's 14th annual Bike to Work Day.

Organizers set up two Energizer stations on Foothill Expressway May 15, manning them with snacks and swag from 6-9 a.m.

Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee members Henry Pastorelli, Carl Hagenmaier, Chris Hlavka, Jim Fenton and Randy Rhody turned out to volunteer.

"Unusual commuters included in our count were one vintage-style bike with the high front wheel, one Segway Personal Transporter, two tandem bicycles (and) a few recliner bicycles," Hagenmaier reported.

Despite temperatures in the 80s in the morning and pushing 100 F later in the day, the turnout surpassed last year's count at the same locations.

Local businesses supported the event, with coffee cake donated by Hobee's, water bottles and tube repair kits by Chain Reaction Bicycles and a $75 gift certificate by Draeger's that enabled the purchase of water, bananas, oranges and raisins.

"The oranges were particularly popular toward the end," Hagenmaier said.

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