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National Bike Month is Here! Celebrate Bike Month in Richmond & the East Bay

Spring is the time to not only get riding again, but to encourage people close to you to bike as well. There is no wrong way to celebrate Bike Month in Richmond and greater East Bay. Biking has a lot of great benefits, including:

  • Saving money on gas, parking and transit
  • Bypassing congested traffic or transit schedules
  • Reveling in the convenience of the door to door commute and hassle free parking
  • Getting 40 minutes of exercise (the average commute) directly improves physical and mental health
Here is a short guide to getting started enjoying Bike Month to the fullest: 

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day 2016 is Thursday, May 12! The City is collaborating with Bike East Bay, 511 Contra Costa, Rich City Rides, Richmond BPAC, and SunPower to host four Energizer Stations across the Richmond community. Stop by on your way to work for refreshments and a Bike to Work Day bag with all kinds of swag and goodies to make your biking experience for fun and enjoyable.

Energizer Stations will be open 7:00 am-9:00 am along key bicycle routes:
  • Richmond BART
  • Macdonald Ave & San Pablo Ave
  • Richmond Greenway (Ohio Ave & Harbour Way)
  • Marina Bay Park (along the Bay Trail)

More Bike Info

New to biking? Plan your route with the 511CC's route mapper!

Keep it going all May! Join Team Richmond and log your miles for the month long bike competition at TeamBikeChallenge.org.  

Check back here or call (510) 620-6512 for more information and to find out about more events throughout May.

Free Solar for Qualifying Richmond Homes
The City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives are excited to provide free solar systems to income-qualifying homes in Richmond and North Richmond. To date, the partnership has serviced over 150 homes in Richmond and provided millions of dollars in energy cost savings to the community. This new initiative will provide more than $2.5 million in energy cost savings for families and prevent more than 5,700 tons of greenhouse gases over the systems lifetimes. It will also provide more than 15,000 hours of job skill-building in solar installation for community volunteers and job trainees.

To qualify, Richmond and North Richmond residents who own and live in their own home and make less than 80% of area median income may be considered to receive solar through GRID Alternatives. For example, a four-person household in Richmond with an income of $71,600 would be income qualified.

Want to learn more? For more information about eligibility, homeowners should contact GRID Alternatives by phone (510-731-1333), email (baoutreach@gridalternatives.org) or complete an online form at www.gridalternatives.org/clients.

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HERO and CaliforniaFIRST - Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs Now Available for Richmond Homeowners

Richmond homeowners are now eligible to participate in two Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs: HERO and CaliforniaFIRST. PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill. Property owners repay the assessment over 5 to 20 years and the interest is tax-deductible. Homeowners can use PACE financing to renovate projects that can increase their property values, lower their monthly utility bills, and contribute to making our community more energy independent.

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About Us
The City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives team works with departments on implementing actions identified in the Energy and Climate Change Element and  Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan 2030 and promotes systems and policy changes that support the development of healthy neighborhoods. The team aims to build the City and community's capacity to improve and promote sustainability and environmental equity.
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