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.
Napa County: Zac Soper
Zac Soper’s first memory of riding a bike was riding his Little Tikes bike up and down the hills around his childhood neighborhood. He thinks that may have been the beginning of his love of riding bikes – experiencing the freedom and excitement of being out in the world. Fast forward to today, and on any given weekday, you’re likely to see Zac riding his Bianchi along the Vine Trail up to his job at a winery in Oakville.
Zac’s transition to bike commuting was a bit more dramatic than most, In 2009, while driving on Highway 29, he experienced an epileptic seizure, causing him to crash. When he recovered, he used the insurance money to buy his first road bike, and hasn’t looked back since (except when changing lanes!). Embracing his bicycle as his primary mode of transportation, Zac often logs more than 100 miles a week riding to work, doing errands, visiting friends and more.
To learn more about Bike to Work Day, visit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition here.