Alameda County

The Challenge is on!

Hallie Baron —

Oakland and San Jose mayors go pedal to pedal to get riders out on Bike to Work Day!

Bike to Work Day is Coming!

Hallie Baron —
  • 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, 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.

Who’s your favorite bike commuter?

Hallie Baron —

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 Then, login and go to 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.

Bay Area’s Team Bike Challenge Shatters Records

Olympic Club cyclists
Mai Le —

OAKLAND, CA, June 4, 2014 – In a competition to bike the most miles possible in order to rack up points for the team, 2014’s Team Bike Challenge shattered records as more than 9,630 San Francisco Bay Area bike commuters pedaled over half a million miles in May. Team Bike Challenge is part of the annual Bike to Work Day Program that happens during National Bike Month in May.

An astounding 1,370 teams took part in this year’s Team and Company Bike Challenges, nearly 350 more teams compared to 2013. Additionally, there was a nearly 280 percent increase in individual participation compared to only 3,454 individuals registered in 2013. For the Company Bike Challenge, 443 companies registered to compete, a 25 percent increase from 2013. In the end, a total of 572,871 miles were biked — enough to circle the Earth 23 times over — while saving 286 tons of CO2 and burning over 35 million calories. Winners represent the wide range of bicycling enthusiasts in the Bay Area.

As in years past, a Santa Clara County team was number one in both the regional and county contests. This time it was United Velo, which beat out other contenders by cycling over 9,200 miles. Second place in the regional competition went to San Francisco’s, with an awe-inspiring 7,490 miles. Santa Clara County’s Sun Blinding–Head Winders took third place by pedaling over 3,600 miles. All three teams garnered 465 points.

In the Company Bike Challenge, Apple, Inc. in Santa Clara County continued their domination by continuing their first-place winning streak — unbroken since 2010 — in the Large Company category. With 660 employees participating, Apple amassed over 51,000 miles and racked up 6,264 points. Sun Light & Power of Alameda County won first place in the Medium Company category, cycling 6,908 miles and earning 1,039 points. In a tight race for the Small Company category win, kW Engineering once again emerged victorious with 3,142 miles, 548 points and an impressive 1,110 total trips.

There has been an increase in interest and participation from both individuals and companies in Team Bike Challenge as the San Francisco Bay Area becomes more and more committed to active transportation and residents become aware of the health benefits of bicycling.

Team Bike Challenge is presented by Typekit and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District with support from Canary Challenge. The San Francisco Bay Area's 2014 Team Bike Challenge is part of the annual Bike to Work Day Program made possible through the generous support of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. Additional support is provided by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Clear Channel, Clif Bar, Beyond Pix, Adobe, Revolights, REI, the San Francisco Bay Trail Project and Public Bikes.

Bike Commuting in Oakland

Ali Aronstam, by Natalie Orenstein

Almost one year after graduating from college, Ali Aronstam is beginning to figure it out. She has a job as an Americorps member at West Oakland Middle School’s health center, and she’s found a cozy place to live just within her budget. But it’s Ali’s bicycle, which she rides to work most days, that is primarily to thank for her newfound sense of independence.

“There’s a special kind of gratification for getting yourself somewhere, for propelling yourself there,” Ali says. “It’s self-sufficiency.”

The four-mile commute from her Rockridge abode to the school takes just under half an hour, providing ample time for observation and reflection. “I work somewhere that’s pretty different from where I live, so it’s helpful to not just hop in a car and get out somewhere different,” she explains. “I can see the city transform, and go through different neighborhoods.”

Cycling is also “a nice way to appreciate Oakland and Berkeley,” says Ali, a Palo Alto native who went to school in Southern California. “When I’d just moved here, I really liked to bike and scope out the place. I’d get a little lost every day and it was a nice way to get to know my surroundings.”

Because she was new to the area, Ali, who doesn’t own a car, spent a chunk of time poring over maps and figuring out which streets were bike-friendly. She became so attached to certain bikeways such as Shafter Ave.’s and Woolsey St.’s, that the few times she did get behind a car wheel, she would have to remind herself that she couldn’t drive on them.

Ali was lucky enough to have parents who required her to ride regularly beginning at a young age. Although she resented their insistence at first, by high school her bike had become a part of her identity. Years later, it’s still her preferred mode of transportation; as a health educator, it’s important for her to know that she can model the behavior she promotes. “These days I choose to bike a lot because sometimes it’s the only time I know I’ll get to be outside and be active,” she says.

Ali still feels more comfortable on a bike than she does in a car, but she knows that riding in an urban area for the first time can be intimidating. “You have to give yourself some extra time, but it’s doable,” she says. “If you map out your route and try to find as many bikeways as possible, you’re set.”

Plus, she says, there are countless perks: cyclists save money they’d otherwise spend on gas, and they don’t have to worry about parking. Last week, when a car catastrophe made Ali miss a concert, she was reminded of yet another benefit of biking. “My bike has no chance of coming up with a dead battery!” she says.

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