Bike Commuter of the Year, 2016

Alameda County: Dan Beringhele Dan Beringhele got started biking early. Growing up in rural San Diego County, it wasn’t easy to get around on foot. “My closest friends were two miles away,” says Dan. “As a kid you had to ride your bike.” He stopped riding regularly when he got his driver’s license at 16, but just a few years later he came back to the two-wheeled lifestyle. “In my early 20s I realized it was a lot more efficient and affordable to get around on a bike.”  And he took this lifestyle with a passion. While living in Chicago, he began biking his 10-mile commute from one side of the city to the other. “I remember when riding five miles seemed like a long distance,” Dan recalls, “but after some time it felt really natural.” When he moved back to California to take a job at the Berkeley Public Library, biking became even more of a no-brainer. “In Chicago the cold weather could be a big deterrent, but out here it’s so beautiful all of the time.” These days you can find him commuting on the Bay Trail or the Ohlone Greenway. In California Dan found opportunities to bring his bicycle passion to work. Staff at the Berkeley Public Library wanted to start a mobile book project – a pedal-powered extension of the library that could visit events...

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