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10 deals and freebies for pedaling during Bike to Work Week

Time to dust off that rusty bike in the garage. Bike to Work Week returns next week — and from May 16th – 21st, the city will be spinning in a whirlwind of pedal-friendly events, giveaways, and promotions. Whether a cycling newbie or a bicycling pro, Bike to Work Week has lots of incentives to get you out of the car and on eco-friendlier human-powered two-wheelers. Start by taking advantage of these 10 deals:

1. Get a free lunch and a chance to win a bike and other prizes by starting your Bike to Work Week celebrations a few days early at Compton BikeFest 2011. You can take advantage of a free bike checkup and repair, then listen to music entertainment, watch bike tricks in the bike rodeo and skills area, and take a safety ride with C.I.C.L.E. All that happens Sat., May 14 from 9 am to 1 pm at Gonzales Park, 1101 W. Cressey St., Compton. Pre-register by calling El Nido Family Centers at 310-223-0707 for your free lunch!

2. Eat BBQ and get a free bike tune-up in the Valley. Also a couple days before Bike to Work Week begins, the bicycle co-op Valley Bikery’s having a BikeBQ with eats, bike tune-up help, games, contests — and prizes. The fun happens on Sat. May 14 from noon to 4 pm at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, 14201 Huston St. (at Hazeltine), Sherman Oaks.

3. Win prizes for pledging to bike. Simply pledge to bike on Bike to Work Day, Thu., May 19, on California Bike Commute’s website. That’ll enter you into the drawing for everything from $100 gift cards to Macy’s or Swrve Urban Cycling Apparel, $50 gift cards to Target, bike gear from Planet Bike and REI, reusable water bottles, and a whole lot more.

4. Bike to UCLA for free T-shirts and bike tune-ups. Just be among the first 125 or so to pledge to ride your bike on Bike to Campus Week on UCLA’s Facebook page, and you’ll get a free T-shirt or free tune-ups at the UCLA Bike Shop. Get the details on UCLA’s Be a Green Commuter blog.

5. Enjoy free coffee, snacks, refreshments, and gear at pit stops, open all over L.A. County on Bike to Work Day from 6 am to 9 am. Find a pit stop that falls on or near your route on this interactive map — and stop their on your way to work for free reusable shopping bags, luggage tags, Clif Bars, and more.

6. Take free rides on Glendale Beeline all week. Simply by board with a bike and you’ll ride free from May 16 – 20.

7. Ride public transit free on Bike to Work Day, when in addition to the Glendale Beeline, all rides on Metro, Culver CityBus, LADOT, MontebelloBus Lines, NorwalkTransit, Santa Clarita Transit, and TorranceTransit will be free. Just board with your bike or helmets on May 19.

8. Get happy hour deals for cycling. After work, celebrate your two-wheeling ways and meet fellow cyclists at one of the Bike FROM Work Day Happy Hours happening around the County — including downtown L.A., Santa Monica, Glendale, the South Bay, and Agoura Hills. Cyclists can get everything from specially discounted drinks and eats to free bike valet.

9. Enjoy a free party in Pasadena with food, music, and giveaways. Pasadena Bike Week festivities will end with a Arroyo Seco Ride and Bike Week Pedal Party on Sat., May 21 from 6:30 pm to 11 pm. Bike along the Arroyo Seco to the party spot at the One Colorado shopping area, where a party will await you. Find out more about that and many other Bike Week Pasadena events on C.I.C.L.E.’s website.

10. Get a chance to win a $1,400 IZIP Via Rapido electric bike Just become a Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition member or renew your membership by June 6 to get into the drawing for this snazzy bike.

For more events happening during Bike to Work Week, check out Metro’s Bike Week LA page, the Glendale Bike Month page, LA Streetsblog’s Bike Week 2011 Megapage, andC.I.C.L.E.’s Bike Week Pasadena page.

How will you be getting to work next week?

Photo: On Bike to Work Day 2010, Michael Schodorf (front) made a pit stop at Helen’s Cycles in Santa Monica where Brad Edwards (back) offered energy bars, water and bike gear. (Brian Watt/KPCC)