You did it! On Thursday, the 24th annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) traversed the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area under blue skies and soft breezes. Most riders stopped to pick up treats and this year’s tote bag at one of 400 energizer stations staffed with dedicated volunteers from bike coalitions, local companies and governments. Nearly 100,000 pedalers strong, the riders turned a typical May Thursday morning commute into a rolling celebration of bike riding. Lots and lots of photos are available here, thanks to the great MTC photographers!

“It’s very practical for people to ride their bike to work when you live within a few miles of their job as I do,” said Rohnert Park Mayor and MTC Commission Chair Jake Mackenzie. “Get out of the single occupancy vehicles that cause a lot of the congestion on our roads. Give it a shot. This is beautiful weather and it is fun to be on your bike on a day like today!” On BTWD 2018, Mackenzie biked to an economic briefing in his home city, then continued on to his office.

According to Tracey Jones, a Santa Rosa-based Kaiser Permanente doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, “If you’re just starting out bike commuting, start small – just ride once a month or once a week at first. You don’t have to go from driving everywhere to biking everywhere to make a difference. If we can just get people to stop and ask the question of whether they could bike to their destination rather than drive before just jumping into the car – THAT alone would be revolutionary.” Jones was just awarded as Sonoma County’s Bike Commuter of the Year for 2018 for her commitment to bicycling.

And while you were pedaling, 2800 participants in the month-long Bay Area Bike Challenge were completing their 9th day of  racking up miles and virtual prizes. Keep cheering them on — only 19 days to go until the winners are declared!

In addition to the tens of thousands of riders, these MTC commissioners, local politicians, and notables also participated in BTWD 2018:

MTC Commissioners and Staff

  • Alameda County Supervisor and Commission Vice-Chair Scott Haggerty
  • BART Director Nick Josefowitz
  • Clayton Councilmember Julie Pierce
  • Los Altos City Councilmember Jeannie Bruins
  • Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly
  • Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Orinda Mayor Amy Worth
  • Rohnert Park Mayor and Commission Chair Jake Mackenzie
  • San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim
  • San José Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering
  • Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci
  • MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger

Additional Elected Local Officials

  • Belmont Vice Mayor Davina Hurt
  • Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson
  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Councilmembers Lori Droste and Linda Maio
  • Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor
  • Burlingame Councilmember Emily Beach
  • Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia
  • Emeryville Mayor John Bauters and City Councilmembers Scott Donohue, Dianne Martinez and Christian Patz
  • Fairfield Mayor Harry Price
  • Fremont Mayor Lily Mei
  • Menlo Park Councilmember Kirsten Keith
  • Napa County Supervisors Ryan Gregory and Brad Wagenknecht
  • Oakland Councilmembers Abel Guillen, Dan Kalb, Rebecca Kaplan and Annie Campbell-Washington
  • Portola Valley Vice Mayor Ann Wengert
  • Richmond Mayor Tom Butt
  • San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu and Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Hilary Ronen, Ahsha Safai, Catherine Stefani and Katy Tang
  • San Francisco City College Trustees Rafael Mandelman and Tom Temprano
  • San Francisco Unified School District School Board Commissioners Matt Haney and Shamann Walton
  • San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter
  • Santa Clara Supervisor Ken Yeager
  • Sebastopol City Councilmember Sarah Gurney
  • Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez
  • Vacaville City Councilmember Dilenna Harris

Notable Regional Leaders

  • Former State Senator Mark Leno
  • Menlo Park Complete Streets Commission member Betsy Nash
  • Presidio Trust CEO Jean Fraser
  • Redwood City Complete Streets Advisory Committee Co-Chairs Matthew Self and Rebecca Ratcliff
  • Redwood City Senior Transportation Coordinator Jessica Manzi
  • Redwood City Planning Commissioner Giselle Hale
  • SamTrans Deputy General Manager & CEO, Carter Mau
  • SamTrans Government & Community Affairs Officer Lori Low
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin
  • San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru
  • San Francisco Rec & Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg
  • San Mateo County Office of Sustainability Coordinator Kaley Lyons
  • San Mateo County Health System Senior Community Health Planner Brian Oh
  • San Mateo County Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Chair Bill Kelly
  • Solano Transportation Authority Executive Director Daryl Halls