Get Your Ride Ready for Bike to Work Day

Andrew Casteel —

So you took a close look at the kind of spider that was weaving its web between the spokes of your bicycle's back wheel. Now you are wondering how much you would have to do to make the dusty bike ready to ride for Bike to Work Day, Thursday May 13. The answer is that probably just a little attention will get your two-wheeler up to speed. Aside from dusting off the cobwebs, I checked in with the professionals, the bike shop mechanics of San Francisco, to ask what their recommendations are for anyone taking their bike out of hibernation.

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1. Check out the Team Bike Challenge FAQ to learn how to start recording your bike trips, earn points, and edit your team info.

2. Download iBikeChallenge for free on your iPhone to record your trips and track your team points.

3. Haven't signed up yet?  There's still time to sign up your team before registrations close on May 6th so sign up now.

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The iBikeChallenge is a free iPhone application that lets you use your iPhone’s GPS to record bike trips for the Team Bike Challenge. Recording a trip is as simple as tapping start, riding your bike and tapping save. iBikeChallenge saves maps of all your rides so you can keep track of everywhere you’ve biked. It also lets you check your points for the Team Bike Challenge anywhere at anytime so you can stay ahead of the competition. You can even check which Team Bike Challenge medals you’ve earned and which you need to complete for bonus points. By recording your bike trips with iBikeChallenge you’re helping build a better future for bicycling as city planners can use the anonymized route data to figure out where new bike facilities are needed.

Learn more about iBikeChallenge and download it for your iPhone.

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The East Bay Bicycle Coalition announced T.D. Fisher of Oakland as the 2010 Bike Commuter of the Year winner for Alameda County. Fisher works as an orthotist, assessing and designing orthopedic and prosthetic devices that encourage growth, rehabilitation and medical comfort. Her clients include children, youth and adults, with conditions like cerebral palsy, scoliosis and Spina bifida. After ten years of commuting to work by car, Fisher decided a year and a half ago to go green - biking instead driving - declaring that she could not drive to her job another day. Although her commute from home to office is short, she sometimes uses BART but often bikes 25 to 35 miles roundtrip on a single client visit. She frequents work sites in Oakley, Antioch, Lafayette and Oakland.

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2010 Bike Commuters of the Year Announced!

Andrew Casteel —

The 2010 Bike Commuters of the Years have been selected. These cyclists have been recognized for their inspiring dedication to riding their bicycle for everyday transportation. Alameda County's Bike Commuter of the Year is TD Fisher, who gave up her car and now rides up to 15 miles each day carrying equipment for her job. “I quickly figured out how to do that with metal racks that fold, bungees and front panniers. The kids who I work with love it when they see me show up on the bike,” according to TD. San Francisco's Bike Commuter of the Year, John Murphy, bikes 45 miles two days a week with the San Francisco to Google (SF2G) bike group. The other three days he combines a 20 mile bike ride and 70 miles riding on Caltrain with his Bike to get from San Francisco to Santa Clara.