(Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)

Thousands of people around the Bay Area have taken to bicycles on May 9 to celebrate Bike to Work Day, with cities in the region helping to promote bicycling with pancake breakfasts and other events.

Oakland hosted a pancake breakfast outside of City Hall, with a free bike valet, bike fixing and diagnostics, and other giveaways available.

Berkeley was among the cities that had energizer stations in multiple locations to provide giveaways and informational resources about bicycling.

San Francisco did as well, and Mayor London Breed announced at a news conference May 9 that the city plans to double its pace in creating bike lanes and will create 20 miles of new protected bike lanes over the next two years.

Breed, who rode with bicycle advocates and community members to City Hall from the Mission District, has also asked the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency to increase citations related to blocked bike lanes by at least 10 percent in the next six months.

“While we work to create the bike infrastructure we need, we also need to make sure that we’re keeping cars and trucks out of the bike lane so that bicyclists are not forced into traffic,” she said in a news release.

Breed wasn’t the only Bay Area mayor to take to the streets for Bike to Work Day.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who fractured vertebrae and his sternum when a vehicle hit him as he rode his bike on New Year’s Day, was back on his bike May 9.

Liccardo wrote on Twitter, “Thrilled to be back on my bike, and just in time for #BikeToWorkDay!”

Dan McMenamin is the managing editor at Pagransen, directing daily news coverage of the 12-county greater Bay Area. He has worked for BCN since 2008 and has been managing editor since 2014 after previously serving as BCN’s San Francisco bureau reporter. A UC Davis graduate, he came to BCN after working for a newspaper and nonprofit in the Davis area. He handles staffing, including coaching of our interns, day-to-day coverage decisions and management of the newswire.