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Testaments To Many Benefits of Bicycling

OAKLAND, CA, May 6, 2011 /NewsRelease/ - The winners from the Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) award are recognized for their dedication to riding their bike for everyday transportation. They’re testament to the many benefits of bicycle commuting: from improving their own health to bringing families together. Nominations were accepted, evaluated and awarded by each county’s Bike to operate day representative. Here are the 2011 winners from the Bike Commuter of the Year award.

They're testament to the many benefits of bicycle commuting: from improving their own health to bringing families together

Alameda Winner: Jason Hollick of Berkeley, a 6th grade student, inspired his family to bike daily and it is already a bike activist.

Contra Costa Winner: Al Lim of Brentwood, who commutes by bike in all weather conditions, inspires his staff and family to bike. He also runs an orphaned bike garage where he loves to fix bikes to give to others.

Napa Winner: Jim Wilson designed a personal commitment he made to help ‘de-carbonize the economy’. He inspires his co-workers now, and has logged over 2000 miles just last summer.

Marin Winner: Julian LePelch of Mill Valley, a 5th grader, set an objective to ride to and from school every day and traveled 3.5 to 5 miles a day.

Solano Winner: Jamie Simmons of Fairfield designed a commitment to use biking as an alternative and sustainable method of transportation. Jamies logged over 6,000 miles and producing a reduction of ¾ Ton of CO2 Emissions.

Sonoma Winner: John Daly, a counselor at Santa Rosa Junior College, rides his bike to operate every day and inspires co-worked at each chance by asking “Did you ride today?” He provides a high-five every time someone says yes. This Bike to operate Day is also John’s 66th birthday.

Santa Clara Winner: Nick Laskowski , an 8th grade teacher, creates bicycle field trips for his students and organizes bicycle safety courses. “On a bike, the world is within reach, and stopping to look at a new store or greet a passing friend become routine events. Santa Clara County isn’t worth living in a car; by bike, it’s beautiful.”

San Mateo Winner: Marey Richins of Belmont, a kindergarten teacher, makes biking to her school a day to day affair and can serve as a positive role model towards the students.

San Francisco Winner: Scott Crosby of San Francisco encourages all riders; newbies to racers. While he’s a powerful rider, he regularly hosted slow commute rides to encourage new people.

Bike to Work Day 2011 is presented by 511.org, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. The 2011 regional sponsors also include Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Beyond Pix Studios, Clif Bar, REI, Adobe, and also the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.

For additional info on Bike to Work Day and bike events during May, please visit www.511.org or www.youcanbikethere.com.

Contacts

Bay Area Bicycle Coalition
Diana Rohini LaVigne / Ami Sampat, 415-787-2893
media@bayareabikes.org

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