SAN DIEGO–During National Bike Month in May, 64 employers in San Diego County competed in the 2013 Bike to Work Corporate Challenge organized by iCommute, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Transportation Demand Management Program. These organizations encouraged their 91,000 employees to support bicycling as a viable, environmentally friendly, cost-saving commute choice.
“In the San Diego region, we are building momentum to get people out of cars and into more sustainable forms of transportation,” SANDAG Chair and Santee Councilmember Jack Dale said. “Over the next few decades, SANDAG will invest billions of dollars to expand transit services and the regional bicycle network so it will be much easier to get around without a car.”
Employees from participating organizations biked to work throughout May and logged their trips in TripTracker, a tool on the iCommute website. The following Corporate Challenge winners recorded the most bicycle commute trips per employee in their size category:
- KTU+A: Micro Employer (1-25 employees)
- JetHead Development: Small Employer (26-100 employees)
- RECON Environmental, Inc.: Medium Employer (101-500 employees)
- Nokia: Large Employer (501-2,000 employees)
- The Scripps Research Institute: Macro Employer (2,001-5,000 employees)
- UC San Diego: Mega Employer (5,001+ employees)
This year’s Bike to Work Day, also organized by iCommute, broke records for ridership and the number of pit stops set up across the region. More than 8,400 participants biked to work on May 17, an increase of nearly 16 percent from 2012. Countywide, 94 pit stops were available, up from 85 last year. Pit stops served as refueling stations for cyclists to rest, enjoy refreshments and snacks, and to pick up free commemorative Bike to Work Day t-shirts. Participants who registered for Bike to Work Day, and logged their bike trips in TripTracker, were automatically entered to win one of many great prizes, including two grand prizes — a new bike.
Overall, more than 216,000 bicycle commute miles were logged in TripTracker in May – equivalent to riding around the earth nearly nine times. The result is significant environmental and health benefits: 9,400 gallons of gas saved, and 6.6 million calories burned.
Sponsors of Bike to Work 2013 included the following iCommute Annual Partners: San Diego Zoo, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, Metropolitan Transit System, and North County Transit District.