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.
Solano County: Kenneth Stats
Kenneth Stats began biking when he was eight years old. He has always loved being able to move along the roads with speed and ease. Today, he doesn’t need motivation to continue biking. “Bikes are fun. Riding a bike reminds me of being a kid,” he says.
A Suisun City resident, Kenneth applies the fun of biking to his daily commute, pedaling to work at the Clorox plant in Fairfield. Riding to work almost every day for the past 10 years, the only time you won’t find him on his bike is in really inclement weather. And clearly bike commuting is not enough time in the saddle for Kenneth. You can also find him mountain biking at least twice a week, using an older mountain bike equipped with slick tires, fenders and lights.
Adding up all the on- and off-road miles he pedals, Kenneth rides an average of 100 miles a week! Kenneth shares his love of bicycling with his own children. And many afternoons, he can be found helping neighborhood kids fix their bikes so that they too can know the fun of riding.
To learn more about Bike to Work Day, visit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition here.