We hope you enjoyed Bike to Work Day on May 8. Over 3000 cyclists visited the 19 Energizer Stations thought-out Marin County on a day that started out sunny and finished up with a wet commute for many. This annual Bay Area wide event experienced a 19% increase in commuters on Bike to Work Day.
In Marin we have found that so many of the commuters we see on Bike to Work Day are the same folks we see cycling every day either to work, school or for errands. MCBC is so encouraged by the increased number of cyclists on the roads and paths ever day of the year. We congratulate you all!
Here is one story that defines how unique Bike to Work Day is in Marin.
Andy and David did their first bike commute together on Bike to Work Day in 2013. Since then they have been commuting twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. David commutes from Corte Madera to Downtown San Francisco, and Andy commutes from Mill Valley to the city and then jumps on BART to finish his commute to Oakland. That’s 40% of their commuting now on the bike. They stopped at the Golden Gate refresher station to thank BTWD for getting them on their bikes to work.
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What makes Rich’s story so extra special is he started commuting on Bike to Work Day 6 years ago.
Rich had not been much of a cyclist since his early days as a kid. He rode his bike everywhere and those experiences never left him. Just before Bike to Work Day six years ago, he was passing by a local bike shop and thought now was the time to get back on a bike.
His target was to cycle the 20 miles from his home in Tiburon to his San Francisco-South of Market office and back. He had to develop stratagies for transporting a change of clothes, how to securely store his bike and how to freshen-up once arriving at work. In time he figured it out and has not driven to his office in years. He is grateful to the support he receives from his company and co-workers and encourages others to seek support if they too would like to ride to work.
Rich knows his mood and productivity are positively influenced when he completes his cycling commute. He loves his commute route that has him riding on many of Marin County’s biking lanes and paths leading to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Rich understands that pulling off a 40 mile bike ride to and from work is not easy on his family. He and his wife both work and have 2 children in the Reed School District. Rich drops the kids off at school and cycles to his office. If one of the kids has an urgent need and Rich is called for the rescue he must jump on his bike, not in his car to get home.
His wife commented, “He is a role model to our kids about healthy living, biking and sustainability. While having him in the car during his commute time would make my life easier -- so I could coordinate for dinner or kid pick-up -- his passion for cycling and keeping a car off the road is admirable!”
MCBC congratulates Rich for making cycling a positive experience for his family, friends, co-workers and fellow cyclists. We admire his “lead by example” cycle commute lifestyle!
Rich has won a set of REVO Lights and The San Francisco Bay Trail boxed map set! Get a copy of The San Francisco Bay Trail map in a tote and possibly win a Bay Trail boxed map set too. Visit www.baytrail.org to find out more about the Bay Trail celebrating its 25 anniversary!
Team registration opened April 1st. The Challenge begins Thursday, May 1, and closes on Monday, June 2. Recruit 1-5 friends to form a team and pedal to work, errands, or school. Earn points for each day a team member rides. Team members do not have to ride together. The team with the most points at the end of the month wins a grand prize and more!
Learn more about the Team Bike Challenge including rules, deadlines for logging your rides and mileage, and cyclist category descriptions.
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.
Bike to Work Day 2014 is funded by a grant from 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. Regional sponsors are: Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Beyond Pix, Typekit, Clear Channel, BART, Adobe, REI and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.
Local MCBC Sponsors who support Bike to Work Day in Marin: A Bicycle Odyssey, Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2014, City Cycles, Clif Bar, Law Office of Daniel H. Rose, Whole Foods Market, Shaana Rahman Law, Sunshine Bicycle Center, Dolan Law Firm and Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM).
In-kind donors are Agricultural Institute of Marin, Equator Coffee, Rip van Wafels, Starbucks Coffee and Noah’s Bagels.