Bikes & Transit

Bikes & Transit
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(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.

2012 Team Bike Challenge Winners

 

Winners of 2012's Team Bike Challenge. Congratulations to all! 

Top Overall Team 

KTCC1 399 points / 4,461.5 miles 

KLA-Tencor

Santa Clara County

 

Alameda County 

Cyclepath Hayward 369 points / 4,591.6 miles 

Cyclepath, Hayward

 

Contra Costa County

Hydrologic Cyclers 287 points / 2,139.7 miles

East Bay Municipal District

 

Marin County

Schmidt Raiders Team Two 275 points/ 3,012.4 miles

Marin based commuters

 

Napa County

Rolling Lumpia 255 points / 2,111.4 miles

 

San Francisco County

Partycar.com 375 points / 5,490.1 miles

SF2G

 

San Mateo County

Honey Badgers 395 points / 2,873.1 miles

Tesla Motors

 

Santa Clara County

KTCC1 399 points / 4,461.5 miles

KLA-Tencor

 

Solano County

Vaca 5 291 points / 1,952.3 miles

City of Vacaville

 

Sonoma County

Another Cog in the System 334 points / 2,480.4 miles 

2012 Company Bike Challenge Winners

 

Here are the winners for the 2012's Company Bike Challenge. Congratulations for this amazing bicycling achievement!

 

Overall

1st Place

Apple, with 4,803 points and 38,222.7 miles

2nd Place

KLA-Tencor with 2,745 points and 27,542.1 miles

3rd Place

Tesla Motors with 2,632 points and 21,969.9 miles

4th Place

Caltrans with 2,107 points and 13,915.9 miles

5th Place

SunPower Corporation with 2,078 points and 15,078.6 miles

 

Large Companies

1st Place

Apple, with 4,803 points and 38,222.7 miles

2nd Place 

KLA-Tencor with 2,745 points and 27,542.1 miles

3rd Place

Tesla Motors with 2,632 points and 21,969.9 miles

4th Place

Caltrans with 2,107 points and 13,915.9 miles

5th Place

SunPower Corporation with 2,078 points and 15,078.6 miles

 

Medium Companies

1st Place

Sun Light & Power with 1,061 points and 7,132.2 miles

2nd Place 

Sungevity with 950 points and 6,383.4 miles

3rd Place

Exploratorium with 872 points and 5,707.1 miles

4th Place

LitePoint with 499 points and 4,154.9 miles

5th Place

REI Berkeley with 429 points and 2,685.3 miles

 

Small Companies

1st Place

WRA, Inc., with 557 points and 3,790.5 miles

2nd Place 

Blekko with 553 points and 4,411.9 miles

3rd Place

BEW Engineering with 433 points and 3,636.3 miles

4th Place

Timbuk2 with 425 points and 2,537.4 miles

5th Place

kW Engineering with 418 points and 2,519.8 miles

Bike Commuter Profile : Matt

Matt and his trusty steed
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Hopefully these images of every day commuters will inspire you to dress up (or down) and get on your bike.

Name: Matt
Workplace: f.s.c. barber

Matt works four blocks from where he lives, but bikes to work daily.

"I like to have my bike because I like to take it out during my lunch break so that I can ride further outside the neighborhood, just to explore my food options."

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Bike Commuter Profile : John

John and his GT Track
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In the run up to Bike to Work Day, we're launching a series about commuters/cyclists and their bikes.

Name: John
Workplace: Rapha

I try to ride as much as I can. My commuter bike is out of commission at the moment. This is a GT Track bike.

I moved up here from Los Angeles about 10 months ago. Commuting there by bike is almost non-existent because you need to travel far, the roads there are dilapidated/ aren’t set up with bike lanes, and just traffic in general.

My work encourages bike commuting by providing bike storage.

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