Alameda County

Definition of Novice

Has the definition of the Novice changed recently? I just went back to look at the rules today and it only state that the person is new to the TBC. Has the rule where the person is a new or infrequent rider who uses their bike two times or less per month been removed?


novice rider?

Over the past months I have dusted my bike off from ten years of dust, bought a new seat, road tires and got a tune-up. I did all this in an effort to prepare for the bicycle challenge which is a serious event at my new company. My 90 day new hire probation period ends May 1st. I have ridden my bike a several times over the course of the last month in an effort to efficiently coordinate Bart schedule and my wake-up time. Just now, reading your rules I believe that I qualify as a novice rider since I have not ridden my bike even once in the ten years prior to this wake up call. I have ridden my bike this last month more than three times though.

Bike to Work Day Photo Shoot Cast & Crew (Photo by Som Sharma)
Diana Rohini LaVigne —

Anyone Can Participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, 2011

San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th Annual Bike to Work Day, which will be held on May 12, 2011, aims to motivate non-bike riders and those already cycling to get involved. With bike riding’s many advantages like healthier living, reducing one’s footprint, and an affordable transportation alternative, Bike to Work Day is headed for a significant increase in participation in 2011. Biking to work is a great way to fulfill the requirement of 30+ minutes of physical activity per day needed to stay healthy.

Bike to Work events, presented by and Kaiser Permanente, will take place throughout the month including a Team Bike Challenge and Bike Commuter of the Year Awards. Additionally, local employers are urged to help encourage bike riding as more physically active employees are more alert, healthy and more productive.

“Bike riding benefits not only Bay Area residents’ health but the environment as well,” says Diana Rohini LaVigne, regional producer for Bike to Work Day. “Unfortunately, bike riding comes with misperceptions from what you must wear to being fit before even starting. But biking is for everyone. You don’t need special clothing, you don’t need special equipment, and you don’t need to already be in shape to take up biking. All you need to do is find your motivation and jump on.”

This year’s message is to find your inner motivation and reason to ride a bike and to go for it. It could be anything from reducing stress, losing weight, helping diminish global warming, or having bragging rights at the water cooler on the most distance traveled on a bike. Bike riders come in all different shapes and sizes, and no one should feel limited by their size, attire, equipment or speed. Bike riding is an equalizer and all are accepted. There are activities in all nine counties; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

No Resources in "Resources"?

Hey WebMaster and others:

just wondering what was suppose to be under the link called "resources"?

With the fatal bike accident last week here in Oakland on my mind, I suggest some links to websites that educate on safe riding (and I am NOT suggesting that the victim of this terrible accident did anything wrong).

The one I think is pretty good is (bluntly) called: "How To Not Get Hit By Cars".
The link is:


i was just looking at the main page and the stuff about winners.

it's the last week, so folks are setting their eyes on the prize, nothing like some healthy competition. my question: are the winners judged by size of company within a county or will there be JUST one winner for all sized companies within the county?

it doesn't make sense to me that a company with say, 30 teams, would be judged the same as a small company with just 4 or 5 teams... there is no way a small or medium company could realistically beat a company with 30 teams. accordingly, the winners per county will be large companies only? maybe i misread the website, or misunderstood it...

please clarify if you know the answer. thanks. two wheels...