The 20th Annual Bike to Work was a first for many of you and another invigorating celebration for those who cycle every day to work, for recreation, and for errands. We counted over 3,400 cyclists at the energizer stations throughout Marin. The totes and donated breakfast snacks were coveted by many!
17 Energizer Stations were hosted by our fantastic sponsors, hosts and volunteers who helped us reach out to so many cyclists! Thank you for your continued support!
Click here to view photos of Marin County celebrating Bike to Work Day!
Meet Tom Schmidt, a proud daily commuter and the 2013 Bicycle Commuter of the Year for Marin County. Tom was selected for the honor by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Board, who reviewed his story and that of many other inspiring nominees. Tom was chosen due to his personal commitment to cycle every day and his desire to encourage others to ride, too!
Tom started commuting daily from Greenbrae to the San Francisco approximately 6 years ago. He had no idea he would end up coordinating a growing commuter group (36 in total) for the daily Monday - Friday commute.
It did not take long for Tom to meet other riders on the same route. Eventually the group simply grew exponentially. Tom says, “We all know bike commuting builds core endurance, reduces stress, and helps the environment, but I never suspected I would spend my mornings and afternoons surrounded by a great group of friends that encompass each other with motivation, conversation, and a lot of laughter.”
Here are a couple of comments from Tom’s cycling partners:
“Tom is the perpetual motivator, ride leader, pace driver, and dependable riding partner.”
“Tom consistently uses his bike for pleasure and work, which is the best combination. He also helps others to get organized so that they can ride their bikes to work. Tom is a great motivator to get out and ride your bike for any purpose!”
In a fierce competition to bike as many commute miles as possible while racking up points that depend on an algorithm of team work and amount of trips taken; Schmidt Raiders Team 3 wins the Marin County Team Bike Challenge for 2013! Team Members Scott Murray, Juan Acevedo, Jay Hancher, Rich Steele, Rudi Verhoeven logged 3,556.6 miles over an impressive 318!
To many of you this team may seem familiar as Schmidt Raider Team 2 won the 2012 challenge. The Marin County 2013 Bicycle Commuter of the Year, Tom Schmidt is founding member of Schmidt Raider that started riding together over five years ago.
Schmidt Raiders grew considerably in the past year, to the point where they actually had an official draft over lunch one day. Interested riders had to commit to "all in" not just "sure I'll sign up". They ended up with 20 riders forming 3 teams for the 2013 Team Bike Challenge.
Just like last year, there was dedicated competition between the Schmidt Raider teams and, plenty of banter on the morning and afternoon rides. Many members rescheduled or canceled business trips in order to stay home and commute. Twelve of the top 20 riders in Marin are Schmidt Raiders cyclists. This year they just missed a team podium sweep by one point, "that will not happen next year" commented Scotty Murray Team Captain for Schmidt Raiders Team 3.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition would like to congratulate all 22 participating teams and give special applause for Schmidt Raiders Team 1 and Bikings and Biqueens for holding strong in 2nd and 3rd places. To learn more about all the Team Bike Challenge teams click here and log in.
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. Contact or call 415-456-3469 # 8 to get your Employer Toolkit for 2013.
Win fabulous prizes!
Register 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.[an error occurred while processing this directive]