Announcement of the 2021 Bike Champion of the Year winners
The 2021 winners include Daniel wood and his triplets – Hazel, Alden and Malia – from Santa Clara County, which can be seen cycling to and from school each day. According to the applicant Sharlene gee, “I am so proud of them for using their own power to make it to school on time, in a good mood and ready to learn. I have seen their driving skills and awareness develop rapidly and organically. school. ”
And in Contra Costa County, Smitty ardrey can be found every Thursday of the summer repairing bikes at Bike Concord’s Bike Tent at the Concord Farmers Market in Todo Santos Plaza. Proposing Claire Linder says, “He has organized bike rodeos, pop-up bike repair clinics and, since 2019, a bike training course at Olympic High School in Concorde. His dynamism, vision and commitment have made cycling more accessible in the center Contra Costa County, giving life [Bike Concord’s] MBOB (More Butts on Bikes) mission! “
Here is the full list of the 2021 Cycling Champion of the Year award winners:
- Alameda County: Lionel mcneely For the first time, he learned to ride at the age of 7 and his work with the bikes hasn’t stopped since. He laughs: “I took my first bike apart when I was 10 and put it back in shape when I was 12.” An 11-year-old volunteer with the Trips for Kids in Youth Empowerment Program Marine, he runs monthly artistic walks with Oakland collective Rock Paper Scissors and has set up and fundraised with AIDS / LifeCycle on three occasions, among other accomplishments.
- Contra Costa County: Smitty ardrey (see above) helped organize passionate cycling advocates into Concorde in Bike Concord, which is now an integral part of the cycling movement in the city and the surrounding area.
- Marin County: Hilary noll has a vision of cycling in the future: “People between the ages of 8 and 80 feel comfortable riding a bicycle for their daily needs. More women are riding their bikes, especially as commuters. More shops owned and operated by women and minorities. A culture of cycling in which everyone – from elite riders to everyday people just starting out – are welcome and empowered. ”
- Napa County: Kate miller started cycling in the mid-1980s when she lived in Seattle and never stopped. She remembers being mistaken for a bicycle messenger, because in big cities like Seattle, they were the only people found on horseback in the city.
- San Francisco County: Lydia Francis moved to town in 2018 and started cycling at the start of the pandemic. Getting a bike transformed his perspective of San Francisco, encouraging him to explore new neighborhoods and master the geography of the city. “Overall, the bike gave me a deeper sense of belonging here. San Francisco“said Lydia,” both to the literal geography of this place and to the people I meet while exploring on two wheels. ”
- San Mateo County: Sonia elkes, avid cyclist and founder of the advocacy group San Carlos Bikes, is nicknamed “the voice of cyclists in San Carlos. “She is constantly working to improve the condition of the bike by San Carlos and the increase in the number of people who cycle for their health and the environment.
- Santa Clara County: Daniel wood and the family (see above) encourages other parents to ride their kids on bikes and lead by example, while making sure everyone knows and obeys the rules of the road. “I think that with all of that starts just by changing your mind and then that person, hopefully, changes another,” Daniel says.
- Solano County: Cande Medrano, now 71, drives everywhere: from dentist appointments to grocery stores, even Berkeley for doctor’s appointments. In 2020, Cande traveled over 14,000 miles.
- Sonoma County: Sherry Adams is not only an avid cyclist, but a champion of social justice. She volunteered at Community Bikes, a reuse and repair training program, and worked as a bike mechanic at the ReCyclery Bike Thrift Shop operated by Trips for Kids. His biggest and most recent achievement was the creation of Changing Gears, an educational program for inmates of the Sonoma County jail.
Each winner will receive a Tailgator brake light and a bottle of water from Mike’s Bikes, a bike membership for 24/7 roadside assistance from the Better World Club, a laminated box of San Bay Trail map maps Francisco of the Association of Bay Area Governor. (ABAG) and a Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) cycling jersey. Read all about the winners here.
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Bay Area Bike to Wherever Days is presented by TCM (the transport planning, financing and coordination agency for the nine counties San Francisco Bay Area), and 511 (the region’s traveler information system). BTWD 2021 also receives regional support from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and Rapid transit in the bay area (BART), as well as many local sponsors. The Cycling Champion of the Year winners were presented by the Association of Bay Area Governments (A BAG), Best World Club and Mike’s bikes.
SOURCE Bayareabiketowork.com; Metropolitan Transport Commission