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.
Santa Clara County: Molly Clancy
Molly Clancy started biking when she was very young. In fact, a home video of her second birthday party shows her endlessly riding around on her tricycle. Molly’s love of the outdoors and hatred of cars has kept her riding ever since.
Now 28 years old, Molly started bike commuting in college, using a blue Schwinn she bought on Craigslist for $20. “When I got my first internship during college, it was only nine miles away, so I adopted a “no excuses” attitude and biked there,” she said. “When I moved to the Bay Area four years ago, I continued riding my trusty blue bike. I’ve even competed in a few triathlons on it!”
Working as an analytic manager at Google, Molly also encourages her colleagues to give bike commuting a try. She swears after just one week, anyone will be hooked!
Molly has plenty of good reasons to stay in the saddle. “I live in California so that I can spend time outside, not inside (including inside cars),” she said. “I love the freedom a bicycle gives me. I can go wherever I want whenever I want, and I can be outside while doing it.” It’s also better for the environment, I save time and money, and it feels pretty awesome being self-powered.”
To learn more about Bike to Work Day, visit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition here.