Join thousands of regular and first-time bike commuters across the Bay Area for the 23rd Annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Across San Mateo County, more than 40 energizer stations will give cyclists a chance to stop for a snack, tote bag with goodies, and good cheer. For a list of San Mateo County stations, click here.
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2017 Bike Commuter Prize Pack
Sign up for the 2017 Commuter Challenge and log your commute trips during the months of April and May to earn awesome prizes. Plus, bike trips logged during the week of May 8 – 12, will be entered to win a special BIKE COMMUTER PRIZE PACK (valued at $250). The prize pack includes a commuter bag, bicycle lock, and more! Visit my.commute.org to register.
Kate Gibson is a dedicated bike commuter, who rides to the Redwood City Caltrain station, uses the bike car, then rides from the Palo Alto Caltrain station to her office at Stanford University. On days when she wants an extra workout, or when the train is delayed, she skips Caltrain and bike commutes straight home. This dedication is what won her the title of 2017 Bike Commuter of the Year in San Mateo County!
Here is an excerpt from her nomination: “Kate is a model for bike safety. She wears a helmet for every ride and uses a front light and rear reflector on her bike. She has put careful thought into making herself more visible on the road, wearing reflective clothing and clip-on lights.
Bike safety is especially important to Kate, because she had a close call, which included a fall from her bike. She had to overcome her hesitation to get back in the saddle--but she has! And she has gained confidence as she bike commutes daily. The experience has encouraged her to take steps to ride even more carefully and defensively and to expect the unexpected.
In her role as a TDM and communications specialist, Kate is able to share her knowledge and experiences to help other commuters consider or improve their bike commute. She even recorded a video to help new commuters see what a bike + Caltrain commute is like and how it works:
Kate also is responsible for the Stanford transportation department's participation in new employee orientations. She presents information about bike commuting options and answers commute questions, including bike-related questions, at the weekly orientation event. Kate brings a fun and positive enthusiasm to promoting cycling and other sustainable alternatives. A good example is the year when for Halloween she dressed up as Rosie the Riveter. It was the perfect match for her, because she consistently conveys the ""We can do it!"" attitude, which she has proven in her own journey with bike commuting.”
Kate says, “Bike commuting can be much more flexible and accessible than people perceive it to be. I was a little hesitant when I started bike commuting, in part because I had had a close call with a car when I lived in Seattle. However, I started slow—trying it out here and there—and before I knew it, I was hooked. Biking gives me more freedom in my commute, and gives me more opportunities for fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. I would encourage people to incorporate bike commuting in whatever way works for them: combine biking with transit, or try it once a week or once a month. Mix it up!”
In addition to MTC (the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area), 511 (the region’s traveler information system) and Kaiser Permanente, Bike to Work Day 2017 receives regional support from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Clear Channel Outdoor, and Clif Bar, as well as from many sponsors at the local level. Bike to Work Day’s media sponsor is NBC Bay Area-KNTV/Telemundo 48. Prizes for the Bike Commuter of the Year winners were donated by MTC, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Chipotle and Mike’s Bikes. Day-of two-for-the-price-of-one promotion provided by Chipotle. The event is made possible through the cooperation of thousands of volunteers, MTC, county congestion management agencies, local jurisdictions and local bicycling coalitions.