2012 Bike Commute Challenge Results

The 2012 Bike Commute Challenge was more competitive than ever!

Teams: When the dust settled, the California Department of Transportation District 2 came out on top with the most points and was also named Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year. Other top performing teams included Nichols, Melburg and Rossetto Architects, Shasta College, City of Redding, Team Anonymous, and California Department of Public Health Drinking Water. Visit our Bike Commute Challenge page for a complete list of team standings, winners in the drawing, things Caltrans did to earn BFE of the Year, and more!

The numbers: Thirty-four teams registered for the Bike Commute Challenge, with 371 participants riding 13,030 miles over the seven-day period (compared to 250 riders logging 6,398 miles in 2011). Those numbers prevented 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.

Tell us what you think: Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012BikeChallenge. This is our first year trying the online tracking system and we’d like to know what you think.

What’s next? Although the local challenge is over, you may be interested in joining the National Bike Challenge (which offers much larger prizes!). If you enjoy tracking your trips and miles (or your worksite wants to continue an incentive program), you may continue to do so on the local Challenge website (although the data will be cleared before the May 2013 Challenge begins).

Keep on riding!

Shasta Cascade Bicycle Coalition, Healthy Shasta, and the Shasta Wheelmen offered this year’s Bike Commute Week activities in conjunction with these generous sponsors: Trails and Bikeways Council, RABA, Shasta Safe Routes to School, Cyclopedia, Sports LTD, The Bike Shop, Village Cycle, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Churn Creek Meadow Organic Farm, Brew Craft Coffee, Kaleidoscope Coffee, and Rabobank Redding.