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BIKE TO WORK DAY

Thursday, May 12
You Can Bike There!

Bike to Work Day, May 13, 2010

May is Bike Month! Click here for more information about the BTWD After Party and Bike Expo, and other fun bike events in May.

Join MCBC in May for a chance to win great prizes!

Bike locally for your health and the environment. May is National Bike Month and Thursday, May 12, is the Bay Area’s 17th Annual Bike to Work Day. Join thousands in celebrating bicycling as a fun healthy way to make your trips – to work, school, and for local errands.

 

Vista Point Energizer Station, 2009
Seventeen energizer stations will be set up in Marin to cheer our local participants. On the morning of Bike to Work Day, Energizer Stations hosted by MCBC volunteers will be located along bike-commute routes in Marin to provide free snacks, giveaways and encouragement. New this year--the BTWD After Party and Bike Expo, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur: bicyclists are invited to join in a post-commute celebration that includes food, beverages, and bikes! In addition, we will announce the Commuter of the Year, and give out Cal Park Tunnel awards.

 

Commuter of the Year
Congratulations to Marin Bicycle Coalition Member Julian LePelch who has been chosen as Marin County's 2011 Commuter Of The Year! Julian lives in Mill Valley and attends Tam Valley Elementary School where he is a 5th grader. Each year, in honor of Bike To Work Day, Thursday, May 12th, friends or coworkers nominate an inspiring person for the title of Marin County's Bike Commuter of The Year. Julian will receive his award at the BTWD After Party and Bike Expo.

Julian set the goal last summer of riding his bike to and from school every day. He was able to achieve his goal, never missing a day, despite one of the wettest winters on record. The coldest days of January and February required increased tenacity on his part. But Julian didn't stop there. Using the Mill Valley bike path as his main artery to various venues, he often rode from 3.5 to 5 miles a day. Leading by example, Julian hopes to become a role model to other students and adults by eliminating car trips. Many parents and fellow students took notice and recognized him for his enthusiasm and commitment.

" We see him every single day riding his bike to and from school - with a smile! Rain, shine, hail, you name it we've had it all this year- nothing stops him. He is 100% committed...I've never seen anything like it - he is amazing! By doing this early in life, Julian is very likely to continue the conscious effort to better our world throughout his lifetime."

 

The Tamiscal Firebirds, 2010 Team Bike Challenge winners
Grab your friends, colleagues, and neighbors to participate in the Team Bike Challenge, a competition of teams to see which group can travel the most days and miles by bicycle during the month of May.

The team with the most points wins a grand prize. Teams of two to five individuals can register at 511.org. Sign up and help Marin host 40 teams this year!

 

Encourage your employer to promote Bike to Work Day and the Team Bike Challenge. It’s a great opportunity for them to support their employees in a fun, healthy, cost-saving and environmentally-friendly commute that will benefit the company. Invite them to host an MCBC on-site Bike to Work Day presentation.

Win fabulous prizes! Register Today at 511.org and sign up for Bike to Work Day. Pedal at least one day during the month of May, and be eligible to win a grand prize of a new bicycle and other great prizes. The success and future funding of our event depends on your registration.

Keep up to date with the Bike to Work Day calendar!

Bike to Work Day is presented by 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Kaiser Permanente.  Regional sponsors are: Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Clif Bar, REI, Adobe, Beyond Pix Studios and Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. Local MCBC Sponsors who support Bike to Work Day in Marin: WTB Freedom, Whole Foods Market, Sunshine Bicycle Center, and City Cycles.

In just one hour, the average person can save 52¢/mile on gas, reduce carbon emissions by 15 pounds and burn 450 calories!

Bike to Work… Every Day!