Bike to Work Day 2019
Thank you to the thousands of bicyclists who joined us for the 25th Annual Bike to Work Day on May 9th! We're proud to announce that 13,061 bicyclists participated this year. In San Mateo County, 50 energizer stations offered participants refreshments, a tote bag with goodies, and good cheer. A special thank you goes out to all the hosts and volunteers who set up stations this year. Click here for the list of San Mateo County stations and here for the list of Santa Clara Counties.
Bike Commuter Prize Pack
We're happy to announce Brian F. as the winner of the bike commuter prize pack that included a commuter bag, bicycle lock, and bike repair toolkit. Thanks for logging your trips on my.commute.org platform, Brian!
2019 Bike Commuter of the Year - Avana Andrade
Avana's commitment to bike commuting, even during this year’s fierce winter storms, has earned her the recognition as San Mateo County’s 2019 Bike Commuter of the Year. Avana lives in North Fair Oaks and bikes to work every day at the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability in Redwood City, even if she must work late or at an offsite event. Rain or shine, frosty or melting hot, sad or happy, traffic or no traffic, you can see her riding her bike with her burlap carriers draped over the sides.
Avana has loved biking for a while; some of her earliest memories are in her mother’s Burley trailer or on a child’s seat on her father’s bicycle. She considers riding her bike a relative privilege in this area because she lives close enough to work to do so, a less common situation in today’s tough housing market. She loves riding her bike because it still gives her that simple sense of joy it did when she was a kid, and it helps her tune in to what’s going on in her community and get to know people in her neighborhood. She also likes to challenge herself to see how many groceries she can carry home on her bike.
Given that Avana works on San Mateo County’s Climate Action Plan and that transportation is one of the county’s largest sources of emissions, she practices what she preaches by choosing a zero-emission mode to get to work. She also empowers others to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. A strong advocate for bike safety, she helps her coworkers start biking to work by offering advice and teaching them things like how to fix a flat tire. She ardently shares her love of bike commuting with people who say they find the joy she exudes about biking infectious and inspiring.
Congratulations Avana! You deserve it!
Interested in promoting Bike to Work Day? Print and post these at work, your favorite coffee shop, library, and anywhere else around town:
Bike to Work Day Sponsors
Presented by MTC, 511.org and Alaska Airlines, the Bay Area Bike Challenge and Bay Area Bike to Work Day encourages local residents to try commuting on two wheels for the first time and celebrates those who bike to work regularly. In addition to MTC (the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area), 511 (MTC’s regional traveler information system) and Alaska Airlines, Bike to Work Day 2019 receives regional support from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Clear Channel Outdoor, and Clif Bar, Ride Report and Exodus Travel, 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 the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Mike’s Bikes. This event is made possible through the cooperation of thousands of volunteers, county congestion management agencies, local jurisdictions, local bicycling coalitions and MTC.