Pauline Dockins received the 2020 Michael R. Schwaid Bicyclist of the Year award for her outstanding bike advocacy, including inspiring others to just get out and ride, at whatever pace they could, even when not feeling at their best. In spring 2019, Pauline was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Her cancer diagnosis came weeks after competing in and winning top-tier statewide mountain biking competitions. Pauline faced treatment head-on, sharing her story and encouraging countless others to face life’s challenges from the saddle. Post recovery, she took the Team In Training’s Resilience Challenge, raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Past award recipients Steve Brown (2018) and David Guttenplan (2019) addressed the crowd in attendance at BWTB’s recent Virtual Forum, sharing about the legacy of Michael R. Schwaid, for whom the award is named, and presenting Pauline with the 2020 award. Pauline, who was unable to attend in person, accepted her award in a heartfelt video. The names of those who receive the Michael R. Schwaid Bicyclist of the Year award are added to a perpetual plaque generously donated by the Schwaid family. The plaque is displayed in the lobby at University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research.
Congratulations, Pauline, and special thanks to the Schwaid family for their continued support of BWTB and this award!