Commuter Challenge Results

9 Jun

Photo: New York Times.

Richmond’s first Bike Month Commuter Challenge was a great success.  Word is that nearly 200 people participated, with a total of 2,526 total miles logged during May.  As Bike-Ped Coordinator Jake Helmboldt reported: “That collectively saved approximately 100 gallons of gas and burned about 150,000 calories, the equivalent of about 1,000 12oz Cokes. General physical and mental health benefits? Uncountable.”

“The highest one week and overall logged mileage total went to Sam A. with a 34 mile round trip commute, resulting in 170 miles in week 1 and 610 miles for the 5 week period! That’s commitment.”

For the two prizes donated to Ride Richmond, participants needed to log at least six days of commuting by bike. A random number generator was used to pick two numbers and based upon the database of participants sorted in alphabetical order we came up with two winners, with first prize of a Giant Escape bicycle going to John H. and an REI Commuter Backpack to Garth M.  Congrats to John and Garth!

For those of you who registered, watch for a brief online survey in the near future so that we can gather feedback on how to make this a better event and more importantly, how we can make bike commuting a more viable option here in Richmond.

Thanks for your participation!  And if you jumped on that bike during May, hopefully you can continue for the rest of the year.

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