Bike to Work Day changed my life!

Hallie Baron —

For Angie Perez, biking was just an occasional leisure-time activity. But that all changed on Bike to Work Day (BTWD) 2011.

Angie Perez

Angie worked at an insurance company right next door to the Sonoma Bicycle Coalition (SBC). In 2011, she saw the Sonoma Bicycle Coalition bag stuffing party underway in preparation for Bike to Work Day. On the spot, she decided to ride her bike to work on BTWD that year – something that had never before occurred to her to do. And on BTWD 2011, she did just that.

The ride to work on her heavy hybrid was easy – all downhill. But the ride uphill on the way home was a different story and she had to walk. But she wasn’t deterred. In fact, Angie got inspired and decided to ride her bike to work as often as possible until she could pedal all the way up the hill.

And that hill did more than just give her a physical challenge. Not only did she ultimately accomplish that goal, but got hooked on cycling in the process. Her commitment inspired her husband to also get on his bicycle – and they’ve not looked back since. They traded in their hybrids for road bikes and started to ride regularly, and soon, the hill climb to their house was not a problem.

Angie Perez

“Bicycling has changed my life,” said Angie. “And now I want to use bikes and bicycling to help others change their lives as well.”

Today, Angie bikes 16 miles round trip to work whenever she can – but now it’s to her office in the Sonoma Bicycle Coalition. She joined the staff in August 2013 when she came on board as the bilingual school coordinator. In late 2014, she became the Coalition’s community outreach coordinator.  

 

 

A few other highlights of how Angie’s passion of cycling has impacted her life and the life of her community:

  • On Mother’s Day 2014, Angie organized a 90-mile ride for family and friends

  • She and her husband rode The Tour of the California Alps (aka The Death Ride); Angie completed two passes, her husband did all five. For 2015, they’re aiming to complete all five passes together.

  • As an outgrowth of the Coalition’s “walk and roll” program for kids, she’s establishing class to teach mothers to ride

  • She’s trying to use bicycle riding to help the community heal from the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez

Bike to Work Day is Coming!

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  • 1day – May 14, 2015
  • 9 counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara
  • 400 Energizer Stations located across the Bay Area along the most popular commute routes to give riders the fuel and encouragement to ride
  • Over 2,000 volunteers committed to helping riders get to work and have a great time doing so 
  • Almost 75,000 cyclists stopping at an energizer station and thousands more participating in the event

Where will you be on May 14? Come ride to work with us!

Bike to Work Day (BTWD) makes it easy and fun to try bike commuting. In fact, BTWD has put more people on the road to bicycle commuting than any other event in the Bay Area. And if you’re a seasoned commuter, it’s a great way to celebrate your commitment to biking.

That’s not all. Bike commuting makes a big impact on the environment. It helps improve air quality across Bay Area communities and reduces automobile traffic congestion.

3 Fun Ways to get Involved

1. Register to be entered into a drawing for two great prizes. First prize is your choice of a bicycle from Public bikes – choose from their popular “C7” (left) or “V7” models.

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Second prize is a set of Monkey lights from Monkeylectric!

2. Be part of the Team Bike Challenge! In 2014, almost 1,400 teams – made up of more than 9,600 riders – participated in the Challenge. Together, they rode almost 573,000 miles in one month! If you don’t already have a team, putting one together is easy. Just get 4 coworkers, friends or family members together (five riders total) and sign up. Then get ready to pedal during May, National Bike Month. Winners will be announced in June. Interested in a little friendly competition? Register for Team Bike Challenge here.

3. Recognize someone who inspires you to ride. There’s still time to nominate your favorite bike commuter as the Bike Commuter of the Year! Nominate your commuter today!

Bike to Work Day 2015 is presented by 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. Additional support is provided by KPIX TV 5, BART, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Canary Foundation Challenge, San Francisco Bike Share, Clear Channel and Clifbar, with prize donations from REI, Mike’s Bikes, Public Bikes, Monkeylectric and Chipotle. This day is made possible through the time and commitment of local bike coalitions and traffic congestion agencies, as well as thousands of volunteers.

Join the 2015 Team Bike Challenge!

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Nominate Your Bay Area Bicycle Commuter of the Year

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Bay Area Bicycle Commuter of the Year

Who’s your favorite bike commuter?

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Recognize their bicycling efforts by nominating him/her to receive the Bike Commuter of the Year Award!

Know someone in your community who is committed to making every day "Bike to Work Day"? Does he/she epitomize the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of bicycling? Are you inspired by his/her committment to pedaling?

Share his/her story with us by nominating your rider for Bike Commuter of the Year!

The Bike Commuter of the Year Awards (BCOY) recognize Bay Area residents who are committed to using their bicycles to get to work every day - rain or shine, winter or summer. Every year, one winner is chosen from each of the nine Bay Area counties. Nominations are reviewed and each winner is selected by the county's local bicycle coalition and/or congestion management agency.

This year, for their dedication to pedaling to work and to biking in general, the 2015 Bike Commuter of the Year Award recipients will receive dinner for four from Chipotle, a rechargeable BikeSmart Wally USB front headlight courtesy of Mike's Bikes and boxed set of Bay Trail maps.

Nominate your commuter today!

First, make sure you're registered on www.youcanbikethere.com. Then, login and go to www.youcanbikethere.com/bcoy and complete the nomination form. All entries must include the nominee's name, email, county and a brief write-up (200 words or less) on why he/she deserves the Bike Commuter of the Year Award. All nominations must be submitted by April 20, 2015.

Bike to Work Day 2015 is presented by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 511 and Kaiser Permanente. Regional sponsors include the Bay Area Quality Management District, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Clear Channel Outdoor, The Canary Foundation and Challenge, Clif Bar, Bay Area Bike Share, REI and KPIX TV.