Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year
In 2015, Redding Rancheria was named the Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year. Redding Rancheria has bicycles, helmets, and pumps available for employees to use at both their locations, to make it easy for someone to run an errand by bike or enjoy a ride during their lunch hour. They also organize rides during lunch or on weekends. Employees have some flexibility in schedules to accommodate bicycle commuting, as well as access to bike maps, showers and fresh towels.
In 2014, Owens Healthcare was named Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year. Over half of Owens employees logged at least one bicycle trip during the Challenge. Owens offered every employee an athletic shirt for commuting to work and all new bicycle commuters a gift certificate to a juice bar. Bike shop gift certificates were offered to the employee with the most miles and another to the employee logging the most trips in the Bike Challenge. Owens Healthcare also offers indoor secure bicycle parking, showers, groups rides, and allow a change in dress code for employees bicycle commuting to work.
In 2013, Sports LTD was named Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year. Living the Dream (the Sports LTD Bike Challenge team) pulled a very impressive score, encouraged many people who have never ridden a bike to work to give it a try, and had a huge proportion of their employees participate! Sports LTD offered employees bicycle parking, a shower with towel service, and ‘a lot of peer pressure to participate.’ Their Bike Challenge participants were rewarded almost daily with fresh fruit and homemade baked treats.
In 2012, Caltrans pulled out all the stops and won Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year. Not only did they have the top scoring team, the Director invited staff to participate and pledge the amount of miles they planned to ride to increase commitment. The team captain hid his bicycle around campus for staff to find each day, offered a bike commute workshop, and employees enjoyed a lunch break slow race and social ride on the River Trail. Year round, the worksite has a gated bicycle corral to securely park bikes, showers, and lockers for employees.
In 2011, Turtle Bay Exploration Park offered a bicycle clinic for employees, social rides after work, and one lucky employee won a day off work for commuting by bike! Now that's an incentive. They also reached beyond staff and offered a free "energizer station" with refreshments for all bicycle commuters at the foot of the Sundial Bridge.
In 2010, Shasta College was named Bicycle Friendly Employer, offering indoor bicycle parking, access to showers, and lockers for employees. They also have bicycle parking around campus and bicycle route maps posted in prominent locations to support staff, students and visitors in commuting by bike.
Past Shasta Bike Challenge Winners
Everyone who participates in the Shasta Bike Challenge is a winner because the benefits to health, fitness, quality of life, and air quality are huge!2015 Prize Winners
Participants were entered into a free drawing each day they rode a bike to work, school or errands (anywhere you may otherwise drive to) over a two week period in May. The more days someone rode, the greater their chance of winning. Some of the winners include:
- $100 Gift Certificate to the bike shop of your choice from Healthy Shasta – 2 winners! Rafael R. & Tammy F.
- Bicycle Tune Up & Endura Gridlock Men’s Trousers from Village Cycle ($165 value) Tyler W.
- Bicycle Tune Up and Endura Gridlock Women’s Overtrousers from Village Cycle
- ($160 value) Nina P.
- Bicycle Tune Up and Endura Pakajak Jacket from Village Cycle ($135 value) Walker H.
- Endura Gridlock Women’s Jacket from Village Cycle ($100 value) Colleen S.
- Bontrager Town Shopper Bag & Topeak Phone Pack from The Bike Shop ($86 value) Hilari F.
- Bontrager Handlebar Sling Bag and Phone Case from The Bike Shop ($82 value) Wayne C.
- Bontrager Town Shopper Bag and Phone Case from The Bike Shop ($82 value) Nikki W.
- Kryptonite Lock, Gear Up Bicycle Storage Stand and Bontrager Phone Case from The Bike Shop ($82 value) Tyler M.
- Saris Wheel Arch Bicycle Storage Stand and Bontrager Phone Case from The Bike Shop ($60 value) Wesley K.
- Bicycle Tune Up & Strada Cadence bike computer from Sports LTD ($115 value) George H.
- Bicycle Tune Up and Specialized Helmet from Sports LTD ($105 value) Hannah M.
- Bicycle Tune Up and NiteRider Mako Combo light set from Sports LTD – 2 winners! ($95 value each) Jim B. & Jay R.
- $100 Gift Certificate from Chain Gang ($100 value) Jimmy Z.
- $75 Gift Certificate from Chain Gang – 2 winners! ($75 value each) Brian C & Cliff G.
- $50 Gift Certificate from Chain Gang – 2 winners! ($50 value each) Nick M. & Toby S.
- Full Year Family Membership from Turtle Bay Exploration Park ($80 value each) Mike H.
- New Bicycle from Healthy Shasta’s Healthy Students Initiative- Student from Shasta High School
Past Shasta Bike Challenges
California Bike Commute Week is typically celebrated in mid-May to encourage bicycling as a form of transportation while decreasing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and promoting safe bicycle commuting. Local activities are provided by the Shasta Cascade Bicycle Coalition and supported by local bicycling groups and shops. Please contact us if you'd like to support the challenge by donating prizes or swag for participants. Get involved with the Shasta Bike Challenge by calling 229-8456.
The 2015 Shasta Bike Challenge was fierce as workplace and school based teams jumped on their bikes and pedaled local streets and trails, earning points for their teams. This was the first year the Shasta Bike Challenge included recreational riding (in past years people had to bicycle for transportation to take part) and also became part of the National Bike Challenge. With 441 participants and 33 teams, 1,962 trips were logged. In total, participants in Shasta County bicycled a combined 59,964 miles and burned an estimated 2.9 million calories between May 1st and 17th. Participants rode 13,871 miles specifically for transportation, saving money on fuel, reducing traffic, and preventing approximately 7,837 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the air. The top workplace team was Cal Fire Smoke Chasers and the top school team was Shasta High School.
The 2014 Shasta Bike Challenge was bigger than ever with 562 participants riding a combined 27,766 miles between May 3 and 18. Those miles prevented approximately 25,683 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 361 pounds of other pollutants from being released into the air. Participants saved nearly $5,262 by not using 1,322 gallons of fuel. Not only were fewer cars on the road for the 2,474 trips participants took by bike rather than driving, but bicycle commuters also got energized, burned calories, and enjoyed being on a bicycle instead of behind the wheel. The top team was Cal Fire Smoke Chasers (top overall and top score among large worksites), followed by Owens Healthcare (top score among medium worksites). Living the Dream (Sports LTD) placed first among small worksites and RSA Foxes (Redding School of the Arts) placed first among school teams.
With 49 teams and 477 participants logging bicycle trips, the 2013 Shasta Bike Challenge was larger than ever! All together 21,563 miles were ridden May 5 to 18, resulting in 19,946 pounds of C02 and 280 pounds of other pollutants not being released from motor vehicles, saving approximately 1,027 gallons of gas (assuming average 21 mpg), and $3,994 dollars at the pump. Of the 2,094 bicycle trips logged, 56% were trips to work, 8% were trips to school, and 36% were errands. The top scoring teams in 2013 included Living the Dream (Sports LTD – medium employer), Mercy Medical Monstrous Miles (large employer), California Department of Drinking Water (small employer) and RSA Foxes (school).
The 2012 Shasta Bike Challenge was more competitive than ever! Thirty-four teams registered for the Bike Commute Challenge, plus individual participants, riding 13,030 miles over the seven-day period (compared to 250 riders logging 6,398 miles in 2011). Those numbers saved approximately 12,053 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 169 pounds of other pollutants from release. Participants saved $2,538 by not using 620 gallons of fuel (assuming $4.09 per gallon and 21 mpg). Not only were fewer cars on the road as participants took to pedaling rather than driving, but bike commuters also got exercise, reduced stress levels and enjoyed being on a bicycle instead of at the wheel.
In 2011, over 250 participants rode over 6,398 miles to work or errands in the challenge, preventing the release of 5,918 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and saving $1,250 on fuel. Jeff Worthington and Debbie Hare won the grand prize in the drawing (the more often you ride the greater the chance of winning!) The top performing team was City of Redding.
In 2010, 152 participants representing 25 teams rode 3,065 miles, prevented the release of 2,835 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 40 pounds of other air pollutants, 145 gallons of fuel and saved $436.40 on fuel (at $2.99/gallon) all while commuting by bike! Shasta College had the top performing team.