Bike Commuter of the Year

Tell us about your bike commuter of the year!

Nominate the 2014 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! Winners will all 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. Register at http://www.youcanbikethere.com/bcoy to share your story of an inspirational bicycle commuter!

Need some inspiration? Read about our 2013 BCOY winners for a couple of fantastic examples!

2013 San Mateo County BCOY: Brandon Tyler

Brandon Tyler, 2013 San Mateo County BCOY

Brandon Tyler, 2013 San Mateo County BCOY

Brandon Tyler works for the City of Belmont. Brandon is passionate about bicycling, whether at work or in his personal life. He commutes to/from work every day via bicycle (rain or shine), approximately 25 miles, round trip. He is a true bicycle enthusiast who in addition to commuting to work on his bicycle, also rides for fun, at least 40 miles each day on the weekends. Brandon trains daily and is a member of the Pen/Velo Bicycle Club. He also takes his son, Cameron bike riding as well. In fact he just won a race this past weekend at the Sea Otter Classic 2013 at the Mazda Raceway in Monterey!

He also has encouraged three other City employees– two supervisors and a coworker(Tim, Rick and Sam to start riding their bikes in the past month). As a result, two additional employees–Tim and Sam have been bicycling to work on average about three days a week. That’s less vehicle traffic on our streets; less air pollution helping the environment; economically better–less gas; helps in team building–socially rewarding; and great exercise (consistent with the County and City’s effort on improving employee and community wellness)!

Brandon’s commitment to this effort has a direct positive effect on the community. He definitely epitomizes and actualizes the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of bicycling.

For the past few years, Brandon has graciously helped the City of Belmont along with our friends from the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition at the annual Bike to Work Day Energizer Station at the Belmont CalTrain Station. He joined some City folks and SVBC representatives to greet bicyclists, offer refreshments and giveaways; Brandon’s usual role was to count the many bicyclists who came by the energizer station.

2013 Santa Clara County BCOY: Jill Quindiagan

2013 Santa Clara County BCOY Jill Quindiagan

2013 Santa Clara County BCOY Jill Quindiagan

Jill Quindiagan was not a frequent bike rider until she partook in a century ride in 2011. She completed the ride, despite the fact that she had only “trained” by joining a few monthly social rides. She realized that if she could ride 100 miles on her bike, she had the confidence to ride wherever she wanted or needed to around Silicon Valley. She was further inspired to embrace the bicycle for everyday use when she found blogs such as Cycle Chic, which showed her that she could enjoy riding and still wear her normal clothes. As a result, Jill is known for often wearing a skirt and heels while commuting by bike. As a coworker of hers puts it, “Jill Quindiagan is proof that being an everyday bicycle commuter isn’t limited to spandex-clad men riding exotic machinery.”

This casual approach to bicycle commuting has positioned Jill as a role model for her coworkers and friends. They take inspiration from her and turn to her for advice. Meanwhile, she works to create more opportunities for people to get familiar with the fun of riding a bike. She volunteers with San José Bike Party, putting her art background to work on multiple ride posters. Jill has also organized other casual weekend rides with her friends and office mates, several of who have purchased bikes and taken up riding as well. Organizing fun rides is a valuable way that Jill helps instill her friends, family, and coworkers with confidence on a bike. She says, “Riding to convenient spots for food, the park, and on small errands that may just be a few streets away from home or work, and doing it often, is a good start.”

A friend of Jill’s may have summed her up best when writing, “Jill breaks the stereotypes associated with bicycle commuting. She is a role model for myself and other riders of how one can be an active cyclist every day, and make it look really cool.”

Check out the other Bay Area winners for 2013.