Bike Commuter of the Year

Nominate the 2016 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!

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. Nominations will open February 15.

Need some inspiration? Read about our 2015 BCOY winners for a couple of fantastic examples!

2015 Santa Clara County BCOY: Katie Heaney

Katie Heaney at Monopoly Board (SJBP)Katie Heaney rides for what she says are the same reasons most people do – to have fun, exercise, and reduce fuel consumption. She is a high school teacher and commutes to and from work even in the winter cold. For Katie, “biking makes the work day overall more pleasant and enjoyable.” Her daily commute motivates students and coworkers to bike, too. Katie founded the San Jose Bike Party Ladies’ Ride in 2010. Now in its sixth year, the Ladies’ Ride has proven to be a successful way of introducing new riders to the streets of Silicon Valley.

Her friends say it best when writing, “Katie’s everyday approach to bicycling is an inspiration to just get out and ride.”

Congratulations, Katie! Thank you for leading by example and inspiring people to ride!

2015 San Mateo County BCOY: Nathan Losch

Bike NathanNathan tries to ride his bike to and from work every day of the work week. Every once in a while, if it’s rainy, if he’s getting over a cold, or if he has to go somewhere directly from work that’s a little bit further away, he’ll drive, but over the course of the year he commutes nine out of every ten days, even in the winter.

Living in the pocket of San Mateo east of 101 on the Hillsdale exit just before entering Foster City, Nathan’s commute is a beautiful one. It takes him along the Bay Trail for almost the entire ride until he arrives at Redwood Shores Elementary School, where he’s a teacher.

According to Nathan, “Riding my bike to work on a consistent basis has legitimately gotten me into the best physical shape of my life, and I don’t need to pay the price for a gym membership. I never get frustrated by being stuck in traffic, and it’s simply fun to feel the rush of wind in my face.”

Check out the other Bay Area winners for 2015.