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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.

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Mai Le —

(April 16, 2013) In less than a month, tens of thousands of Bay Area commuters will take to the road and trails as part of San Francisco Bay Area’s 19th Annual Bike to Work Day. On Thursday, May 9th, the largest event in California that encourages bike commuting as a fun, affordable form of transportation that supports better health every day takes place throughout the nine counties. Over the last 19 years, Bike to Work Day has put more people on the road to bike commuting than any other event in the Bay Area.

Presented by 511.org, MTC and Kaiser Permanente, Bike to Work Day is the largest of many events during National Bike Month in May. Events include Team Bike Challenge where teams clock miles biked during May for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. A Bike Commuter of the Year award is presented in each county for dedicated commuters, these individuals are inspiring bicycling in their community by example. (Nominations close April 22nd.)

Biking to work is a great way to get physical activity in before a workday. In addition to the heart health benefits, a Japanese study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health showed that men engaged in leisure-time exercise and cycling during commuting to work may be associated with better mental health.

Employers also benefit by encouraging employees to bike to work. Biking to work builds morale, reduces the number of sick days and the demand for car parking. Bike to Work Day will see hundreds of volunteers staff energizer stations throughout the SF Bay Area, offering complimentary refreshments, official reusable canvas bags, bicycle information and encouragement to push on.

Throughout May and on May 9th community events will be held by local bicycle coalitions and traffic congestion agencies throughout San Francisco, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, East Bay, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Silicon Valley and Alameda counties. For a complete list of stations and to register for a chance to win a Public Bikes bike, a Joshu Vela bag with MonkeyLectric lights or a ModCloth gift certificate visit the Bike to Work Day website.

Team Bike Challenge Officially Kicks Off for 2011

Photo by reneealiciajohnson@gmail.com
Ami Sampat —

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 www.teambikechallenge.org. 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 www.teambikechallenge.org, register, and join the fun. Happy biking!

A special thanks to this year’s regional sponsors for Bike to Work Day: 511.org, 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 www.511.org or www.youcanbikethere.com.

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 511.org 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.

Bikes, bay views, history rule on Angel Island

Bikes, bay views, history rule on Angel Island
Andrew Casteel —

Now is a good time to get on a bike. A few strokes of the pedals and turns of the wheels, and the memories come back. Suddenly, you're 10 years old again. The best place to experience this phenomenon in the Bay Area is Angel Island, where you get a mix of adventure, spectacular views, history and a 5.5-mile ride with plenty of stopping points.