The May Commute Challenge presented by Adobe was a smashing success, and by smashing I mean that participants smashed records in just about all possible categories. Over 14,893 people everywhere from Washington state to Washington, D.C. logged their bike commute trips on the Commute Challenge website and challenged themselves and others to ride as much as possible during the month of May. That’s 22 percent more than 2012!
In just 31 days, riders logged 1.7 million miles (equivalent to taking 1700 cars off the road for a month) and offset 1.6 million pounds -or 86,000 gallons of gasoline worth- of carbon emissions.
Over 1800 team captains from more than 1000 organizations led the charge to get more folks on bikes and inspired over 3,400 newbies to try bike commuting for the first time. With a little peer encouragement and support during National Bike Month, thousands of people discovered or rediscovered the most convenient, economical, healthiest and most enjoyable way to get around town. Way to go!
Hopefully, many of you will continue riding throughout the summer and throughout the year. Remember, every time you commute by bike you help strengthen the case for bicycling improvements and safer streets for everyone.
Now, on to the final standings and big winners!
From small shops to big behemoths, employers got competitive this year. Here are the leaders.
Most Complete Teams in an Organization
1st place: University of Washington (103 teams)
2nd place: Seattle Children’s (82 teams)
Most Riders in an Organization
1st place: University of Washington (975 riders)
2nd place: Seattle Children’s (682 riders)
3rd place: The Boeing Company (468 riders)
Most NEW riders in an organization
1st place: Seattle Children’s (235 riders)
2nd place: University of Washington (183 riders)
3rd place: Expedia, Inc (108 riders)
Most Miles in an Organization
1st place: University of Washington (98,090 miles)
2nd place: The Boeing Company (95,592 miles)
3rd place: Seattle Children’s (74,210 miles)