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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 Partycar.com, 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, 511.org 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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Team Bike Challenge 2013

Kaiser Permanente cyclists
Mai Le —

In a fierce competition to bike as many commute miles as possible while racking up points that depend on an algorithm of team work and amount of trips taken; Bike to Work Day’s 2013 Team Bike Challenge broke records as 7249 Bay Area commuters rode over a million miles in May.

There were a record number of 1029 teams with 7249 individuals registered as part of 2013’s Team and Company Bike Challenges. This was a large jump from the 4,425 registered in 2012. Additionally, 356 companies participated in Company Bike Challenge, 30% more than 2012’s 249. A total of 1,126,332 miles were biked, a leap over 2012’s 701,710 miles during the same time period. The distance ridden was enough to circle the world 45 times over while saving 563 tons of CO2 and peddling 69,229,154 worth of calories.

Regional winners represent the wide range of bicycling enthusiasts in the Bay Area. Santa Clara County’s Tsunami of Hurt, was number 1 in both the regional and county team bike challenge contests with an impressive 462 points and 3,611.4 miles; second place in the region goes to Santa Clara County’s KTCC 7 with 456 points and an awe-inspiring 6,103.6 miles; San Francisco County’s Partycar.com blew everyone away by bicycling 8,466 miles throughout the month, coming in third place with 445 points. Partycar.com, also had the two highest mileage individuals on their team: Ramesh G rode 2,646.6 miles and Peter Chang, 2,394.0 miles. Taking third place in the individual contest, Daniel Ferriera of overall number 1 team, Tsunami of Hurt, cycled 2,133.3 miles.

In Company Bike Challenge, Apple in Santa Clara continued their domination. Consistently winning first place since 2010, in the large company category, they beat out the other 98 large companies in their category. Employees cycled 43,079 miles and earned 4,905 points. In the medium company category, Sun Light & Power of Alameda County covered 7,132 miles, winning 1,066 points. In the small company category, kW Engineering won with 2,729 miles, 509 points, and their ace in the hole, 1074 total trips.

This year’s interest and participation of both individuals and companies in increasing their bicycle commuting through a month-long challenge competition speaks to the Bay Area’s commitment to active transportation and the health benefits of bicycling.

The San Francisco Bay Area's 2013 Team Bike Challenge is a program of Bike to Work Day and is made possible through the generous support of: 511.org, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Clif Bar, Beyond Pix, Typekit, Balance Bar, Adobe, Revolights, REI, Public Bikes, Joshu Vela, ModCloth, and MonkeyLectric provide additional support for Bike to Work Day.

Bike to Work Day in the East Bay

On May 9, help us show all corners of the East Bay what we already know: that Everybody Bikes. Regardless of how often we do it, what bike we ride, or how far we go - Bike to Work Day is for everyone.

This event has been growing by leaps and bounds in the East Bay over the past 5 years-a 285% increase in the numbers of people riding. Bike to Work Day got its start in the Bay Area right here in the East Bay, with the first celebration organized by East Bay Bicycle Coalition members at Oakland City Hall in 1994. Keep the momentum going and join us for the 20th East Bay Bike to Work Day!

Find your Energizer Station: https://www.ebbc.org/energizer. Over 100 stations will set up on the morning of Thursday, May 9th, to hand out free goodie bags and refreshments to bicyclists. Find the station on your route! Mayors and county supervisors will also be out and about on Bike to Work Day. Find yours here! https://www.ebbc.org/btwdelecteds

Volunteer to Help with Bike to Work Day There are many ways to volunteer with the EBBC and make Bike to Work Day a huge success, and all volunteers are entered a special raffle to win a set of Monkeylights! https://www.ebbc.org/volunteer

Join us at Bike Happy Hour Party for a number of fun games, activities, live music, award announcements, New Beligum brews, Pisco Cocktails, and more! https://www.ebbc.org/node/10583

Join or Start a Team in the Team Bike Challenge The Team Bike Challenge is a great way to start commuting to work by bike, and encouraging others to ride. Join a team and earn points every day you ride. Even better, get your friends and colleagues fired up to ride this May by organizing a team, or teams. Sign-up today - although only trips logged in May count! https://www.ebbc.org/tbc

Celebrate Bike to School Day! Many schools around the East Bay are participating in Bike to School Day - find out what is happening at your school! https://www.ebbc.org/b2sd

Bike Friendly Business Awards: GU Energy Labs, Sports Basement Walnut Creek and Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center win 2013 Bike-Friendly Business Award. https://www.ebbc.org/awards

Bike Commuter of the Year Awards Every year, the EBBC recognizes two commuters as Bike Commuter of the Year. This year's awards go to Janie Pinterits from Berkeley and Steve Kersevan from Brentwood. Meet them at our Bike Happy Hour Party on May 9th! http://www.ebbc.org/bcoy

Request a Bike Buddy, Become a Bike Mentor: The Bike Buddy Program continues the good work started by our 1000 New Cyclists campaign. Our Bike Buddy Program helps people in the East Bay start riding their bikes for everyday transportation. We do this by matching new cyclists with Bike Buddies, experienced riders who will support you in your efforts. https://www.ebbc.org/NewCyclists

Get Your Workplace Ready for Bike to Work Day Businesses can be bicycle-friendly in many ways, from providing secure bike parking, shower facilities, commuter checks for bike commuting, free bike safety classes, and more. Here’s how to get started. https://www.ebbc.org/workplaces