Announcing 2011 Bike Commuter of the Year Winners

The winners of the Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) award are recognized for their dedication to riding their bike for everyday transportation. They are testament to the many benefits of bicycle commuting: from improving their health to bringing families together. Nominations were accepted, evaluated and awarded by each county’s Bike to Work day representative. Here are the 2011 winners of the Bike Commuter of the Year award. 

Bike Commuters of the Year by County

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Marin County
Napa County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Solano County
Sonoma County


Alameda County

Jason Hollick

Jason Hollick of Berkeley, a sixth grade student, inspired his family to bike daily and is already a bike activist. 

Contra Costa County

Al Lim

Al Lim of Brentwood, who commutes by bike in all weather conditions, inspires his staff and family to bike. He also runs an orphaned bike garage where he loves to fix bikes to give to others. 

Marin County

Julian LePelch

Julian LePelch of Mill Valley, a 5th grader, set a goal to ride to and from school everyday and traveled 3.5 to 5 miles a day.

Napa County

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson made a personal commitment to help 'de-carbonize the economy'. He inspires his coworkers now, and has logged over 2000 miles since last summer.

San Francisco County

Scott Crosby

Scott Crosby, of San Francisco, encourages all riders: from newbies to racers. While he's a strong rider, he regularly hosted slow commute riders to encourage new riders. 

San Mateo County

Marey Richins

Marey Richins of Belmont, a kindergarten teacher, makes biking to her school an everyday affair and serves as a positive role model to her students. 

Santa Clara County

Nick Laskowski

Nick Laskowski, an 8th grade teacher, creates bicycle field trips for his students and organizes bicycle safety courses. “On a bike, the world is within reach, and stopping to check out a new store or say hello to a passing friend become routine events. Santa Clara County simply isn't worth living in a car; by bike, it's beautiful.”

Solano County 

Jamie Simmons

Jamie Simmons of Fairfield made a commitment to use biking as an alternative and sustainable method of transportation. Jamies logged over 6,000 miles and resulting in a reduction of ¾ Ton of CO2 Emissions. 

Sonoma County

John Daly

John Daly, a counselor at Santa Rosa Junior College, rides his bike to work every day and inspires co-worked at every chance by asking "Did you ride today?"  He offers a high-five every time someone says yes. This Bike to Work Day is also John’s 66th birthday.

Past BCOY Winners

2010 BCOY Winners

2009 BCOY Winners

Bike to Work Day Radio Interview

Bike to Work Day Photo Shoot. Credit: Epli
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Listen to a radio interview featuring Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area on "Our California: Eat, Drink, and Explore" on Krush 92.5 FM, by dynamic host and former Bay Area personality, Randy White.


The podcasts are available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Check Out this Bike to Work Day Video!

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Take a look at a few minutes of motivational video put together for Bike to Work Day! 


Team Bike Challenge Officially Kicks Off for 2011

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May is National Bike Month- So join a team and win some prizes.

Bike to Work’s Team Bike Challenge officially kicks off on May 1st, 2011, and registration is now open. Gather your friends, neighbors, and coworkers and pedal to win. It’s a fun and easy way to see just how much biking does for your health, budget, and the environment.

Here is how it works: form a team of 2-5 people and sign up at Earn points for each bike ride you take and your total daily mileage. Record your information via the website. Compete with your friends through the personalized Facebook Friends Leader board. You can also earn bonus points for completing various medal challenges, such as biking enough miles to burn a total pizza’s worth of calories. At the end of the month, the team with the most amounts of points wins.

Every member of a top scoring team from each county will receive a bike prize valued over $50. The top scoring team in the Bay Area receives a bike prize valued over $1,000.

The biking doesn’t have to stop when the Team Bike Challenge ends on May 31st arrives. You can still compete as an individual all year round by logging in your miles on the website. Track your total bike commuting benefits, including miles biked, calories burned, gas money saved, and pollution prevented. Bike your way to the top of the leader boards! Every month we will have a new leader board, so you can compete to be the top commuter each month.

If your business is too big to fit onto one team, then join the Company Bike Challenge. Compete for top honors against similar sized companies.

So log on to, register, and join the fun. Happy biking!

A special thanks to this year’s regional sponsors for Bike to Work Day:, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Kaiser Permanente, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Beyond Pix Studios, Clif Bar, REI, Adobe, and Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.
For more information on Bike to Work Day, please visit or

2011 Team Bike Challenge Rules

Bike to Work Day photo shoot (Photo by Epli)
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The Team Bike Challenge Rules have been updated for the year 2011. The highlights to mention are:

1. No daily trip points based on rider type, although new registrants still get the "Ready Set Go" medal bonus.

2. Daily points are based on total daily mileage. 

  1. 1 point - 0 to 10 miles
  2. 2 points - 10 to 20 miles
  3. 3 points - 20+ points

3. There are new TBC specific medals for 2011, which give bonus points. A full list of medals can be seen here

You may also view the full rules here

Happy biking!