[Editor's note: The following was submitted by the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance.]
The Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance in partnership with the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Bike San Mateo County have announced the San Mateo County Bicycle Commuter of the Year and details about the 19th Annual Bike to Work Day which will take place on Thursday, May 9th.
Bike to Work Day draws thousands of participants in the celebration of bicycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and fun form of transportation to work. Energizer Stations will be set up in over 30 locations throughout San Mateo County. 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.
As part of Bike Month festivities, Brandon Tyler, has been named San Mateo County’s Bicycle Commuter of the Year. Mr. Tyler works for the City of Belmont and makes his 25 mile round trip commute via bicycle nearly every day – rain or shine. He is a true cycling enthusiast who in addition to commuting to work on his bicycle also rides for fun – at least 40 miles each day on the weekends.
Mr. Tyler’s commitment to bicycling as an alternative to driving to work has rubbed off on his colleagues as well. Several of his co-workers joined him in leaving their cars at home and cycling to work on a regular basis. Mr. Tyler was able to show them the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of bicycling to work – something that others will learn first-hand as a result of participating in Bike to Work Day.
“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.
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