The 22nd annual Bike to Work Day rolled across the nine counties of the Bay Area today, with thousands of first-time commuters joining tens of thousands of frequent bike riders to share in the spirit and excitement of this day. Refreshed and cheered on by thousands of volunteers at over 400 Energizer Stations throughout the region, participants turned a normal Thursday commute into a celebration on wheels. Hopefully you were part of the fun and excitement!
Not to be outdone by the commuters themselves, and in a show of support for bike commuting, local politicians also came out on two wheels or helped at various Energizer Stations. Community members and elected officials included Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen; Albany Councilmember Nick Pilch; Davina Hurt, Belmont Councilmember and Commute.org Board of Directors; Burlingame Councilmember Emily Beach; Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia; Foster City Councilmember Sam Hindi; Millbrae Councilmember Reuben Holliber; Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; Oakland Councilmembers Annie Campbell-Washington, Noel Gallo, Abel Guillen and Dan Kalb; Piedmont Councilmember Timothy Rood; Jessica Manzi, Redwood City Community Development; Matthew Self, Chair, Redwood City Complete Streets Committee; San Francisco Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Aaron Peskin, Katy Tang, Scott Wiener, and Norman Yee; Ed Reiskin, Director of SF Municipal Transportation Agency; Mohammed Nuru, Director of San Francisco Public Works; Debbie Raphael, Director of San Francisco Environment; Raul Peralez, San Jose District 3 Councilmember; San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter and city council members; Mark Simon, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, Caltrain; and Jeremy Lipps, Social Media Manager, Caltrain/Samtrans.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this wonderful day so successful. We couldn’t have done it without:
Presenting sponsors 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; regional sponsors Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) district, KPIX5, Clear Channel Outdoor, Canary Foundation Challenge, and Clif Bar; many sponsors at the local level; BCOY prize sponsors Chipotle and Mike’s Bikes; and the cooperation of thousands of volunteers, county congestion management agencies, local jurisdictions and local bicycling coalitions.
And for all of you newbies, keep on pedaling to work and make everyday BTWD!