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Pedals 4 Professionals 2014

Supporting environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyles for Bike to Work Week

Pedals 4 Professionals (P4P) is an annual contest that promotes cycling as a valuable form of everyday transportation. P4P is held in the months leading up to the League of American Bicyclists Bike to Work Week and National Bike to Work Day. The contest encourages participants to cycle to work and to share their inspiration with others. For 2014, we asked participants to submit a presentation on how biking to work has changed their life, or how it could improve the lives of their coworkers. Anyone could participate, and presentations could be submitted in any format—including infographics, videos or written narratives or essays. We received many encouraging submissions, and as it turned out, video presentations were the most popular. The winner received $5,000 in his choice of bike equipment—which he chose to donate part of to his company's bike program.

Here are the top submissions from 2014!

The Winner:

Name: Kevin Neidorf

Location: Columbia, SC

Prize: A new bicycle and funds to create an office cycle program

Kevin Neidorf's inspirational video submission directly speaks to the purpose and intent of the 2014 Pedals 4 Professionals contest. He shows us why he cycles to work and the struggles he undergoes on a daily basis to keep motivated. According to Kevin, although it’s not always easy, he's helping to become the change that he wants to see in the world—without trying to be better than anyone but his former self. Kevin hadn't purchased a new bike in over eleven years and his friends often joked that his frame would one day burst into flames. For his prize, Kevin selected a new bicycle to help motivate him in the mornings and to make his commute safer. He promised to use the remaining a portion of his winnings to help encourage cycling at his company. Way to go, Kevin!


Honorable Mention:

Name: Joe Walewski

Location: Finland, MN

Joe Walewski is the Director of Naturalist Training at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. In an effort to reduce his use of fossil fuels, Joe regularly commutes to work (rain, snow or shine) by foot, bike and/or ski. He submitted a great video presentation on his daily commute, which features many of the people from his community. Thanks for your hard work, Joe!