SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) iCommute program honored the winners of the Bike to Work Day (BTWD) Corporate Challenge recently with free breakfast, lots of thanks, and a commemorative plaque to recognize their efforts.
BTWD is a nationwide event that provides support and encouragement for people willing to try an alternative commute that saves money, helps the environment, promotes good health, and cuts traffic congestion. Locally, the event is sponsored by the SANDAG iCommute program, which offers assistance to businesses and individuals considering alternative commute choices.
BTWD in the San Diego region was held on May 21 this year. Thousands of commuters made the choice to pedal to work. Many of them stopped off at one of 65 BTWD pit stops located throughout the region to pick up some free food, snacks, and encouragement.
New to the event this year was the BTWD Corporate Challenge, where companies and other organizations competed to see which would have the largest percentage of employees ride to work. The 35 companies that participated were divided into three size categories depending upon the number of employees they had based in San Diego County. The winners were:
- Small Company (1-99 employees): High Tide Properties, 66.7 percent participation
- Medium Company (100-499 employees): Takeda San Diego, 9.3 percent
- Large Company (500+ employees): Nokia, 6.7 percent
- Bike to Work Day was presented by San Diego County Credit Union, and sponsored by eLiveLife.com and the San Diego Zoo.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.