BRENTWOOD -- As a traffic engineer with the city of Brentwood, Steve Kersevan knows a little about making the streets safer for the growing city's cycling community. As a regular bicyclist himself, he depends on it.
For the past two years, Kersevan has faithfully cycled the 10-mile round trip from his Brentwood Hills neighborhood to his downtown City Hall office each weekday. In that span he has only missed biking to work five times.
For his ongoing dedication to bicycling to work, Kersevan has been named the Contra Costa County Bicycle Commuter of the Year by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
"Any man that rides a bike every day, I admire," said Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor during last week's City Council meeting at which Kersevan was recognized.
As a project manager for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Cynthia Armour said that they have been distributing these awards for a few years and have never honored a bicycle commuter in East Contra Costa. She added that Kersevan has helped to transform Brentwood into a bicycle-friendly community as a role model and through his work for the city.
"Brentwood has become a model for us to work from. It wouldn't be possible without your work," Armour said to Kersevan. "He works to improve cycling and cycles himself every day."
According to Armour, Kersevan was nominated by the Delta Pedalers Bicycle Club, which is an East County cycling club. Taylor agreed that Kersevan should be recognized for his commitment to the environment through bicycling to work.
"They were extremely excited to have someone from Brentwood to honor," said Taylor of the coalition while presenting the award to Kersevan. "You are a traffic person in town, so you know how to get around traffic in town."
Kersevan said that he was both surprised and thankful for the countywide recognition.
"I never knew I would be so famous for just riding my bike," he said. "I am glad that I have been able to get Brentwood on the map for bicycling."