Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day

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In the Bay Area, Bike to Work Day will celebrate its 21st birthday on May 14 with a nine-county-wide party on wheels.

On Bike to Work Day, tens of thousands of new and seasoned riders will commute to work and school using pedal power.

In 2014, more than 75,000 cyclists stopped at an Energizer Station on Bike to Work Day with thousands more participating in the event;

Almost 1,400 teams — over 9,600 riders — participated in the Team & Company Bike Challenge, collectively riding almost 560,000 miles over the course of one month;

Over 1,900 volunteers helped make Bike to Work Day a success; and,

Almost 400 energizer stations across the nine counties supported the riders with snacks, information and much more.

Held during National Bike Month each May, Bike to Work Day is one of the region’s premier bicycling events. Presented by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), 511 and Kaiser Permanente, Bike to Work Day encourages Bay Area residents to try commuting on two wheels for the first time and celebrates those who bike to work regularly.

Each year, one bike commuter from each of the nine Bay Area counties is selected in recognition of his/her dedication to riding a bicycle for everyday transportation.

Now in its seventh year, the Bike Commuter of the Year Award recipients are a diverse group — young, old, rural, suburban and urban commuters who inspire bicycling in their community through their commitment and actions.

To submit a nomination, individuals must first register at youcanbikethere.com/user/register; nominations can be submitted at youcanbikethere.com/bcoy until April 20.

Because competition can be a great motivator, the Team Bike Challenge and Company Bike Challenge have become essential components of Bike to Work Day.

Teams of five — made up of friends, families, coworkers or neighbors — compete for top honors and much-coveted bragging rights by riding hundreds of thousands of miles during National Bike Month in May.

To register, visit teambikechallenge.com.

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