Nominate the 2013 Bike Commuter of the Year!
Do you know someone in your community who is committed to making every day a “Bike to Work Day”? Does the person epitomize and actualize the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of bicycling? Please share his or her story with us! The chosen Bike Commuter of the Year for each of the 9 Bay Area counties will receive a set of Revolights.
Rules for submitting
All entries must include the nominee’s name, email, county, and a brief write-up (200 words or less) of why they deserve the Bike Commuter of the Year Award.
2013 Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's Bicycle Commuters of the Year.
Need some inspiration? Read about our 2012 BCOY winners for a couple of fantastic examples!
2012 San Mateo County BCOY: Paul Mernyk
For the past three consecutive years, Paul Mernyk has been cycling to work. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, Paul rides to work in rain, wind or shine and he does this every single day of the year. Paul is the everyman bicycle enthusiast. He rides his bike to the Palo Alto Caltrain Station, travels by train to the Hillsdale Station, then cycles the rest of the way to work. On the way home, he cycles the entire 15 miles from Foster City to Palo Alto Paul is helping to lead the first ever Bike to Work Day at Rearden Commerce and will help map routes, conduct a Bike Safety Clinic and get the rest of the company excited about bicycling. Paul may not be the “overachiever” cycling champion; he’s the “everyman” bicycle enthusiast. He’s humbly doing his part to consistently help the planet and inspire his fellow co-workers and community. "
2012 Santa Clara County BCOY: Ian Emmons
Ian Emmons commutes exclusively by bicycle. Rain or shine, he always makes his ten-mile round-trip commute by bike. In addition, he embraces the car-free lifestyle by using pedal power to get around no matter what his errands require. “There’s a ton of great reasons to ride a bike but mine are pretty selfish,” says Ian. “I ride first and foremost for fun, followed by all the money we save by only having one car. After that, the health benefits are pretty awesome. Anything else is just gravy.” Ian is also active in many bicycling-related causes. He repairs bicycles at the SVBC Bicycle Exchange and is a volunteer with San José Bike Party, where he inspires non-riders to get off the couch and ride and helps educate new riders in navigating the roads safely and legally. He believes “The best way to encourage cycling is to show people how fun and safe it can be.” Ian has also led teams in building bikes at the annual Turning Wheels for Kids event, and he's recruited volunteers for numerous other bicycling-related charity events.