SEATTLE, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, is the primary sponsor of this year's Bike to Work Day, taking place on Friday, May 21, 2010. Bike to Work Day, a Cascade Bicycle Club event, represents the culmination of many National Bike Month activities held throughout May. The goal of the event is to help commuters experience first-hand the health and environmental benefits of biking to work and to persuade city officials to create more safe, convenient bicycle facilities, including bicycle lanes and parking racks, around the region.
"The 'Bike to Work' push is an opportunity for F5 to help Seattle support cycling and, in particular, the city's bicycle commuters," said Dan Matte, SVP of Marketing and Business Development at F5, and an avid bicycle commuter. "As a leader in the Seattle technology market, we strive to influence our employees and local businesses to adopt practices that contribute to the greater good of the community." To help make biking to work attractive to its employees, F5 offers numerous benefits, including bike racks, shower facilities, towel service, and a $100 monthly stipend for those who use alternative modes of commuter transportation.
"Last year, nearly 20,000 Seattle-area workers participated in Bike to Work Day, and we feel confident that number will climb even higher this year," added Matte. "In parallel, a substantial number of F5's Seattle-based employees are participating this year--some of them first-time riders." The Bike to Work Day event officially kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. bike rally at Seattle City Hall, with several City of Seattle officials, including Mayor Mike McGinn, as special guest speakers. Between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., riders can stop by one of 44 commute stations hosted by the Cascade Bicycle Club throughout the Puget Sound region to get a free bicycle checkup, enter a free drawing, and pick up a free water bottle, snacks, maps, and other items. The event ends with a street party in downtown Ballard, beginning at 4 p.m.
"It's great to have the kind of inspirational support we get from F5, a company genuinely committed to helping us make bicycling a viable alternative for getting to work in Seattle," said Chuck Ayers, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club. "By involving F5's staff and other business leaders, we can work together to elevate the many benefits of bicycling, beyond just recreation. With the local momentum building around creating a community that bicycles, it's no wonder why Seattle currently holds the No. 4 position on Forbes' and Bicycling Magazine's lists for best bicycling cities." B ike to Work Day Details Date: Friday, May 21, 2010 Morning Rally: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle After-Party: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 22nd St. NW between Market St. and Ballard Ave. (next to Bergen Place Park in Ballard) Participation: Anyone can participate; no registration required Commute Stations: A complete list of all 44 locations around Puget Sound is available from Cascade Bicycle Club Giveaways: Water bottles, snacks, maps, etc. For additional information about the Seattle Bike to Work Day event, visit Cascade Bicycle Club's website.
About Cascade Bicycle Club Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 12,000+ member, nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, serving more than half a million cyclists in the Puget Sound community. The club is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, 22 professional staff, and thousands of volunteers. Cascade Bicycle Club is the nation's largest bicycling club and is dedicated to creating a better community through cycling. More information about Cascade Bicycle Club's advocacy, commute and education programs is available online at http://www.cascade.org or by calling (206) 522-3222.
About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications.
F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.
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