Bike to Work Day is just around the corner on Thursday, May 10! Bay Area Bike to Work Day (BTWD) organizers named the winners of the 2018 Bike Commuter of the Year awards. Given to individuals for inspiring bicycling in their communities, the Bike Commuter of the Year award recognizes a winner from each of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties for their commitment to bicycling as their primary mode of transport. In many cases, their dedication to pedaling has inspired others to get on bicycles and ride -- to work, to school, even just for fun.
Contra Costa County: Laura Davis
Laura Davis is a nurse practitioner in Walnut Creek who rides 10 miles round-trip to and from work at an orthopedic clinic. She takes advantage of biking trails, including the Contra Costa, Iron Horse, and Canal trails, to ride comfortably across town. But during a summer back home near Mount Diablo, she began cycling as cross training for swimming. Laura found that she could combine her passions for health, exercise, and the environment all within her mode of getting around town – and fell in love bicycling as a result.
Laura’s dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle continues at work. A strong advocate for preventing injuries before they occur, Laura’s passion for being healthy and active inspires her patients and others around her. Between administering ultrasound-guided injections and assisting in surgery, Laura educates her patients about how to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She has even been known to jump into the onsite gym with patients to motivate and exercise alongside them.
Laura’s advice for people interested in biking to work? “Just do it! Exercise always makes you feel better. You’ll never regret it and you’re not polluting the environment we all live in.”