During National Bike Month in May, a record-breaking 70 San Diego County companies competed in the 2012 Bike to Work Corporate Challenge organized by SANDAG, and sponsored by Tri-City Wellness Center. These organizations encouraged their 101,000 employees to support bicycling as a viable, environmentally-friendly, cost-saving commute choice.
“The success of Bike to Work Day and the Corporate Challenge shows that San Diegans are embracing alternative forms of transportation,” said SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos. “That’s exciting because over the next four decades the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan adopted by SANDAG calls for investing $3.8 billion in bicycling projects and other active transportation programs.”
Employees from participating companies biked to work throughout May and logged their trips in TripTracker, a tool provided through the iCommute Web site. Bike to Work Month and Bike to Work Day are organized by iCommute, the SANDAG Transportation Demand Management program. The following Corporate Challenge winners recorded the most bicycle commute trips per employee in their size category:
San Diego Coastkeeper: Best Micro Company (1-25 employees)
KTU+A: Best Small Company (26-100 employees)
RECON Environmental, Inc.: Best Medium Company (101-500 employees)
Intuit: Best Large Company (501-2,000 employees)
The Scripps Research Institute: Best Macro Company (2,001-5,000 employees)
Qualcomm: Best Mega Company (5,001+ employees)
This year’s Bike to Work Day, which took place on May 18, also broke records for ridership and number of pit stops across the region. More than 7,200 cyclists rode their bikes to work, a nearly 20 percent increase from 2011. Eighty-five pit stops were set up countywide, up from 75. 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.
Overall, nearly 138,000 bicycle commute miles were logged in TripTracker in May – equivalent to riding around the earth more than 5.5 times. This translates into significant environmental and health benefits: 6,611 gallons of gas saved, and more than 4.2 million calories burned.
Sponsors of Bike to Work 2012 include the following iCommute partners: Suki Day Spa, San Diego Zoo, Clif Bar, U-T San Diego, Enlace, San Diego Business Journal, North County Transit District, Metropolitan Transit System, and Caltrans.