Brisk temperatures throughout the region greeted morning commuters
celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout the region, Energizer Stations
located near bike lanes, trails and transit stations were crowded with
bike commuters - an indication that commuters are increasingly choosing
two wheels over four.
"Bike to Work Day makes it easy and fun to try bike commuting," said
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Chair and Orinda Council
Member Amy Rein Worth. "For the past 20 years, this event has put more
people on the road to bicycle commuting than any other event in the Bay
Area. Bike commuters help improve air quality in our communities and
reduce traffic congestion throughout the region." MTC has funded the
regional Bike to Work Day event since 1994.
Region-wide bike counts were 19 percent more than last year's Bike to
Work Day. Things were particularly busy in Contra Costa County, where
volunteers counted 56 percent more bikes over the 2013 total.
Eager bike commuters rode to Energizer Stations where coffee flowed and
reusable canvas bags were distributed. Volunteers from throughout the
region showed up early to pass out snacks and cheer on fellow bike
commuters. Community members and elected officials, including Mayors Ed
Lee (San Francisco), Jean Quan (Oakland), Margaret Fujioka (Piedmont),
Jerry Thorne (Pleasanton), Stephen Cassidy (San Leandro), Tim Sbrianti
(Dublin), Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond), John Marchand (Livermore) and
many others, led bicycle convoys throughout the region.
MTC Commissioners are also active participants on Bike to Work Day.
Early this morning, Chair Worth was at the Orinda Energizer Station
cheering on fellow cyclists. Other Commissioners who participated in
Bike to Work Day include San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and
Scott Wiener, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, San Jose Council
Member Sam Liccardo, Rohnert Park Council Member Jake Mackenzie, Los
Gatos Council Member Joe Pirzynski, Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering
and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.
As another presenting sponsor of the event, Kaiser Permanente supports
Bike to Work Day because of its positive effects on health. "Exercise is
a win, win, win. On a regular basis, it will improve your quality of
life," says Dr. Eshwar Kapur, Sports Medicine Specialist at Kaiser
Permanente, South San Francisco. "It relieves stress, helps you
sleep better and decreases your chance of developing a chronic disease.
Cycling, like so many people are doing this Bike to Work Day, is a great
way to get your exercise, even with a busy schedule."
While the Bay Area's celebration of Bike to Work will mostly be over as
this week ends, Team
Bike Challenge - a friendly competition that encourages participants
to increase their bicycling mileage - continues throughout May. Points
and medals are awarded as bicycling habits are reinforced. The
possibility of winning a prize and much-coveted bragging rights keeps
participants pedaling. To date, 9,119 individuals on 1,342 teams have
registered and logged over 88,000 total miles.
Other Bike Month programs include the Bike
Commuter of the Year (BCOY) awards, winners are selected after
community nominations. The 2014 Bike Commuters of the Year include:
Rachel Donovan of Alameda County, Ray Pixton of Contra Costa County,
Rich Steele of Marin County, Paul Schapiro of Napa County, Bao-Tran
Ausman of San Francisco City & County, Lori Burns of San Mateo County,
Michele Rowic of Santa Clara County, James Oliver of Solano County and
Liz Klaproth of Sonoma County. These BCOYs personify the benefits of
active transportation. Read their stories at YouCanBikeThere.com/bcoy2014.
Bike to Work Day 2014 is presented by 511.org,
Transportation Commission, and Kaiser
Permanente, additional support is provided by Adobe,
Area Air Quality Management District, Beyond
Pix Studios, the Canary
This day would not be possible without the cooperation of local bike
coalitions and traffic congestion agencies, as well as numerous
For more information on Bike to Work Day or Team Bike Challenge, please
interviews, photos and video available
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