The 22nd annual Bike to Work Day rolled across the nine counties of the Bay Area today, with thousands of first-time commuters joining tens of thousands of frequent bike riders to share in the spirit and excitement of this day. Refreshed20160512_065911 and cheered on by thousands of volunteers at over 400 Energizer Stations throughout the region, participants turned a normal Thursday commute into a celebration on wheels. Hopefully you were part of the fun and excitement!

Not to be outdone by the commuters themselves, and in a show of support for bike commuting, local politicians also came out on two wheels or helped at various Energizer Stations. Community members and elected officials included Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen; Albany Councilmember Nick Pilch; Davina Hurt, Belmont Councilmember and Commute.org Board of Directors; Burlingame Councilmember Emily Beach; Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia; Foster City Councilmember Sam Hindi; Millbrae Councilmember Reuben Holliber; Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; Oakland Councilmembers Annie Campbell-20160512_070338Washington, Noel Gallo, Abel Guillen and Dan Kalb; Piedmont Councilmember Timothy Rood; Jessica Manzi, Redwood City Community Development; Matthew Self, Chair, Redwood City Complete Streets Committee; San Francisco Supervisors London Breed, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Aaron Peskin, Katy Tang, Scott Wiener, and Norman Yee; Ed Reiskin, Director of SF Municipal Transportation Agency; Mohammed Nuru, Director of San Francisco Public Works; Debbie Raphael, Director of San Francisco Environment; Raul Peralez, San Jose District 3 Councilmember; San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter and city council members; Mark Simon, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, Caltrain; and Jeremy Lipps, Social Media Manager, Caltrain/Samtrans.20160512_070018

Thank you to everyone who helped make this wonderful day so successful. We couldn’t have done it without:

Presenting sponsors MTC (the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area), 511 (the region’s traveler information system) and Kaiser Permanente; regional sponsors Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) district, KPIX5, Clear Channel Outdoor, Canary Foundation Challenge, and Clif Bar; many sponsors at the local level; BCOY prize sponsors  Chipotle and Mike’s Bikes; and the cooperation of thousands of volunteers, county congestion management agencies, local jurisdictions and local bicycling coalitions.

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And for all of you newbies, keep on pedaling to work and make everyday BTWD!