David Levin, MD, an OB-GYN at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, has been riding a bicycle to work for more than three decades. He took a moment during a recent commute to talk about why everyone should try bike commuting on the 16th annual Bike to Work Day coming up this Thursday May, 13th.
Most cities in the Bay Area are gearing up for Bike to Work Day this Thursday, with numerous activities to encourage people to make riding to work a more enjoyable and routine part of life. In San Jose, the city has planned a whole week of events. The San Jose Cycling Classic will kick off with Bike to Work Day and finish with the Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 on Wednesday, May 19th, where luminaries like Lance Armstrong will race through the streets of the capital of Silicon Valley.
From the hills of Concord to the flats of Oakland, Alameda County's 2010 Bike Commuter of the Year totes electric grinders, saws, braces, scissors and the occasional prosthetic limb to work via her purple Rockhopper mountain bike, rain or shine. After 10 years of driving from her Oakland home to work sites as far-flung as Lafayette, Antioch and Oakley, sometimes all in one day, T.D. Fisher was fed up. "I felt like I lived in my car. I would make panicky calls to friends saying, 'I am desperate for a hike, can I see you after work?' " said the orthotist, who designs prosthetic devices for children.
When writer-actor John Leguizamo shows up to do a show in New York, fans outside the theater are surprised to see him ride up on a bicycle. "People go, 'Hey, John, I thought you'd be in a limo.' "This is my limo, my green limo. I'm saving the planet for your kids and your grandkids," says the performer, who has starred in award-winning one-man shows on Broadway and appeared in dozens of films and TV shows. Biking gets you places faster, reduces your carbon footprint, lowers noise, makes you fit and lowers your stress level -- unless you get impaled on the door of a suddenly opened cab or cut off by a guy from New Jersey.
Our first Team Bike Challenge Video Diary is about the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC )team Cal North Crew and the shared bicycle that brought them all together as a team. We'd like to thank Karin Betts at MTC for filming this first diary for us. We'll be posting a new video diary each week and sharing other diaries sent to us by Team BIke Challenge teams throughout the region. Share your Team Bike Challenge video diary with us for a chance to win a free t-shirt. See below for more info.
Team Bike Challenge is underway! We have recruited several teams to film their own stories about biking and being on a team, and their videos will be posted here each week. Check back on Mondays to see what is new.
We also are interested in your video diaries of your experience biking to work and being on a team. Break out your video cameras to capture the excitement, fun and joy of biking. We will choose the best video each week throughout May, and post it here. Tell us your stories, and help encourage others to get out on their bikes! If we post your video, you will receive a free 2010 Bike to Work Day T-shirt. Posted videos become the property of MTC, and may be edited into other pieces promoting bicycling.
To submit your video to the contest, post it to youtube or another video share site and send us the link using this form. Make sure to title it Team Bike Challenge Video. Please identify the name of your team, and the names of people in the video. We will choose the winning video based on image quality, interesting content and picture/video composition. You may submit multiple entries and they are due by 5pm each Friday throughout May. Videos should be under 5 minutes in length, and not include any offensive language or behavior. And be safe! Don't ride your bike and try to record video or take pictures at the same time.
During the second week of Team Bike Challenge, we asked the teams we are following these questions. Send us your video responses to them by 5pm Friday May 14th for your chance to win a free t-shirt.
What do you like the most about biking to work?
How much have you been riding your bike since Team Bike Challenge started?
How does biking to work make you feel?
Have you used your bike for other trips than your commute, like shopping or entertainment?