20th ANNUAL BIKE TO WORK DAY IS THURSDAY, MAY 8th
Bicycle Commuter of the Year for San Mateo County: Lori Burns
The San Francisco Bay Area's 20th annual Bike to Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month.
There are over 40 Energizer Stations in 18 cities planned throughout San Mateo County where cyclists can take a quick break and enjoy free coffee and snacks, get a bag of bicycle-related goodies and enter in a raffle for additional prizes. For a list of Energizer Station locations and hours, please visit www.commute.org. Bike to Work Day activities for San Mateo County are coordinated by The Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance (the “Alliance”) in partnership with the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Bike San Mateo County.
More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling. Bike to Work Day draws thousands of participants in the celebration of bicycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and fun form of transportation to work. “Bike to Work Day provides an opportunity for people who are considering biking to work or to a transit station to try it along with thousands of other new and regular cyclists, while being cheered on at the Energizer Stations along the way. Once people try cycling to work, many of them make it part of their regular commute” said John Ford, Executive Director of the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, a public agency that promotes commute alternatives to people who commute to, through or within San Mateo County.
Lori Burns was named San Mateo County’s Bike Commuter of the Year as part of Bike Month festivities. Lori works for the Town of Colma and commutes via bicycle from her home in San Bruno.
“My life changed for the better on Thursday, May 13, Bike to Work Day 2010. I loved the notion of reducing my carbon footprint, but not too sure how to do it. I decided to “ride my talk” and bike to work that Thursday morning. I got up about 30 minutes earlier than normal, stuffed some business attire into a back pack and cruised to work due north on El Camino Real. This year, my husband and I are tackling Cycle for Sight in Yountville to benefit Veteran’s programs and have chosen the 50-mile course. Wish us luck.
Commuting to work on my bicycle helps prepare me for the longer rides, clears my mind and keeps me healthy. Give it a try!”
Lori Burns is a true inspiration and example of how Bike to Work Day can be the transformative pivotal point it’s meant to be.