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