By Chris Corral
Every Bike to Work Day, Bike East Bay gives out snacks, coffee, and signature Bike to Work Day bags to bike commuters at 140+ Energizer Stations. Our Bike Ambassadors make the magic happen, and Jianhan Wang has brought his pedal power to the Hayward BART Energizer Station the past two years.
A resident of Hayward, Jianhan loves the freedom and fun he has travelling by bike. He never really got a sense of freedom from driving, instead finding frustration and congestion. Jianhan started volunteering with Bike East Bay to see more of his community walking and biking. He advocates for better biking conditions on the BART Bicycle Task Force and offers input on the Downtown Hayward Master Plan. Jianhan is also a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor, teaching adults and youth how to ride safely and confidently with Bike East Bay’s education program.
BART stations are an interesting place to be on Bike to Work Day, reflects Jianhan. Many people are rushing to work, but some people take the time to chat and learn more about the event and Bike East Bay’s work in the community. Greeting neighbors as a Bike Ambassador is the perfect way to be on the ground in Hayward, and Jianhan enjoys people’s reactions when they find out the bags are free tokens of appreciation — just for riding!
Jianhan thinks Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity for people to give biking a try. His hope is that the spark grows into something bigger — with more people biking throughout the year.