SANTA CLARITA – Dozens of local businesses will take part Thursday in Santa Clarita’s fourth annual Bike to Work Day Challenge, a friendly competition to encourage alternative transportation. The event, part of a statewide effort to cut down on driving, will see which businesses can get the most out of riding bicycles to work. Santa Clarita has 32 miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking and skating. The city has teamed up with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition and Newhall Bicycle to host public pit stops where cyclists can stop for refreshments and giveaways. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The pit stops will be open from 7 to 9 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, at 23920 Valencia Blvd.; the city’s corporate yard, 25650 Rye Canyon Road; Valencia; and on trail accesses at Newhall Avenue and 16th Street in Newhall and Camp Plenty Road and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. There are three categories of competition: small-business employers with two to 10 full-time employees, medium with 11-100 employees, and large employers with 100 or more. The businesses with the highest participation rate in each category will win frozen yogurt for its cyclists. Santa Clarita Transit is offering free bus rides to cyclists that day. Riders can place their bikes on the bus racks on the bus and show their helmets to the driver when they board. For information, call the city’s Environmental Services office at (661) 286-4098.