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ECO Trails announces 2012 Commuter of the Year

Contact: Ellie Caryl, ECO Trails Program Manager, at 970-328-3523 or

2012 commuter
If you drive to work along Highway 6, you might have seen Dan Piliero of Edwards in his neon safety vest as he makes his daily trek to work in Beaver Creek. Piliero, who bikes 4 miles to be to work by 5 a.m. in the summer, was voted this year’s ECO Trails Commuter of the Year for his dedication to commuting by bike. Commuter of the Year is an annual contest hosted by the ECO Trails Committee, which is comprised of citizen volunteers throughout Eagle County.

Piliero, who first began walking to work when he lived in Avon, is used to the human-powered commute. He started biking the 8 mile round-trip commute when he moved to Edwards in 2000, riding a road bike in the summer and a mountain bike with studded snow tires in the winter. He says biking allows him to get in a workout during the day so he can spend more time at home with his family, a wife and seven kids ranging in age from 11 years old to 3 month old twins. The children who are old enough to bike enjoy riding with their dad.

How does he survive biking in the dead of winter? “It’s warmer on my bike than when I’m up teaching snowboarding!” he said. Pilero doesn’t calculate how much he’s saved in gas or how many calories he’s burned by choosing to bike, but he knows it’s a good deal. In fact, his road bike was a gift from friends and he thanks co-worker Linda Ferguson for setting him up with brand new Kevlar tires. A sturdy helmet, front and rear bike lights, and a tire patch kit are a minimal investment compared to the costs of owning and maintaining a vehicle. According to co-worker and nominator Frank Vilece, “biking isn’t only good for your wallet, it’s also good for your mood.” “Dan always shows up to work in a good mood, despite when the weather is downright nasty,” said Vilece. Piliero credits the community for being so supportive of biking, and the crews that keep the bike paths plowed and smoothly paved.

Piliero joins other committed past Commuters of the Year including Eric Herman, Dawes Wilson, Brendan Finneran, Mike Janelle, Leslie Kehmeier, Jeff Mohrman and Tim Carlson.

This year, groups of children from Brush Creek Elementary and Eagle Valley Middle School were nominated for Commuter of the Year and are being recognized for their commitment to biking year-round. Runner up Stephan Nicolas is also commended for his impressive 62 mile round-trip commute from Frisco to Vail. Nicolas does the 62-mile ride once a week during the warmer months to save on gas and help the environment.