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Bike to Work Day 2007 Set New Records!

More Cyclists Counted than Ever Before

Check out the photo gallery!

Early AM at Vista PointMarin County cyclists broke the record this year by riding on the morning of Bike to Work Day – 3000 cyclists were counted at Marin’s 17 Energizer Stations on May 17 – almost 1300 more than last year! We know there were many more folks riding than were counted, and we applaud you too. Three stations were new this year – at the Bear Valley Inn in Olema, in the San Rafael Canal area, and at Fireman’s Fund Insurance. Several local businesses hosted stations and others donated coupons which were placed inside the classic canvas musette bags. All of our other stations were hosted by wonderful MCBC volunteers. Cyclists were being cheered on at every Energizer Station in recognition of their choosing bicycling as their transportation mode.

Three Marin County Supervisors were seen riding on Bike to Work Day this year. Steve Kinsey rode from Bolinas to Novato as part of his week-long walking-biking-boating meander through his district, stopping for meetings along the way. Susan Adams rode from her San Rafael home to meetings and on to the Civic Center. She gets the prize as the ‘best dressed’ commuter due to her snazzy dressed-to-impress skirt and top outfit. Charles McGlashan rode from Mill Valley to Redwood High School in Larkspur – stopping by the Mill Valley Energizer Station for a brief chat along his route.

County of Marin bike commutersThere was good media coverage in the Marin IJ, the Ross Valley Reporter, and the Pacific Sun. Several TV stations were at Vista Point in the early morning to interview Kim Baenisch of MCBC, Cole Portocarrero of BABC, and many bike commuters. “Encuentro Latino,” a Novato Public Access TV program, interviewed MCBC Executive Director Kim Baenisch, as well as KFOG and the QUAKE radio stations.

Marin has 13 teams participating in the regional Team Bike Challenge – four more than last year: Town of Fairfax staff; Caltrans and school employees; County of Marin; Romberg Tiburon Center/SFSU; WRA, Inc.; WiserEarth and the Natural Capital Institute; Guide Dogs for the Blind; Grouper; Sir Francis Drake High School teachers; and a team involved in media and government. The contest runs through May 31. Our Fairfax Team PSYCHE is in the lead so far. Stay tuned for the winning team…

Kerri KazalaKerri Kazala was selected as the Marin Bike Commuter of the Year. Her daily 50-mile commute between Mill Valley and Daly City earned her the title this year. Kerri’s work at Spinal Diagnostics treating spinal disorders and her commitment to regular bike commuting are health-related choices worth recognizing and modeling.

Adding a fun social element to the mix of activities, MCBC hosted a Dance Party at 19 Broadway Nite Club, a Film Night at the College of Marin, and a ‘bag stuffing party’ for the Energizer Station hosts. Everyone enjoyed the live music, the delightful animated film, and the group effort to stuff the musette bags while meeting the other station hosts.

Novato crew encourages a bike commuterSpecial thanks to the following businesses who donated gifts, coupons, pre-event activities locations, banner-hanging space, and food: Timbuk2, 19 Broadway Nite Club, College of Marin, Elephant Pharmacy, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, Grilly’s Restaurant, Sorella Café, Perry’s Deli, Good Earth Natural Foods, Sports Basement, Fairfax Scoop, Fat Angel Bakery, Marin City Golden Gate Village, M & G Burgers, REI-Corte Madera, Noah’s Bagels, and Marin Coffee Roasters. In addition, we want to recognize all our bike shops who participated in the Bike Safety Check-up offer which helped cyclists dust off their forgotten bikes and get basic first-aid to keep their two wheels safely operating on the road.

We had so much fun this time, we’re already thinking about next year!