OAKLAND, CA — Do you know someone who is committed to making every day “Bike to Work Day”? Does this person epitomize the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of bicycling? Share their story and nominate them for a Bike Commuter of the Year award by end of day Friday, April 18, 2014. Visit youcanbikethere.com/user/register to register and submit a nomination at youcanbikethere.com/bcoy.
Bike Commuter of the Year award recipients are recognized for their dedication to cycling for everyday transportation. They are a testament to the many benefits of bicycle commuting: from improving their health to bringing families together. One bike commuter from each of the nine Bay Area counties will be selected in recognition of their dedication to riding a bicycle for daily transportation. All entries must include the nominee's name, e-mail address, county of residence and a brief write-up (200 words or less) on why they deserve the Bike Commuter of the Year Award.
The Bike Commuter of the Year Awards program, which began in 2008, is part of the hundreds of events and activities happening throughout Bike Month in May. Last year’s winners included young, old, rural, suburban and urban bike commuters who inspire — by their example — bicycling in their communities. This year, the winners will each receive a boxed set of maps celebrating the 25th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Trail and a set of Revolights. Many of the winners will be recognized at various events held on Bike to Work Day, scheduled for Thursday, May 8.
Bike to Work Day is the region’s premier event to encourage commuters in the nine Bay Area counties to try bike commuting for the first time, or to recommit to increasing time spent cycling. While some local organizations have held Bike to Work Day events for over 20 years, the regional event is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. MTC began sponsoring Bike to Work Day in 1995 to grow the event into a regionwide effort. MTC now works with the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) to organize the annual program with the goal of promoting bicycling as a viable mode of daily transportation. Complete event information is available at youcanbikethere.com.
The 2014 Bike to Work program is presented by MTC, 511 and Kaiser Permanente. Additional support is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District, Beyond Pix, Clear Channel, Typekit, Adobe, Canary Challenge, Revolights, REI, Clif Bar and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. The event is made possible through the cooperation of hundreds of volunteers, MTC, county congestion management agencies, local jurisdictions, local bicycling coalitions and BABC.
MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For regional bicycling information, visit bicycling.511.org. To learn more about the Bay Trail please visit baytrail.org.
Mai Le, BABC 415-787-2893
Leslie Lara, MTC 510-817-5813