WINNERS OF THE BIKE TO WORK DAY WORKPLACE CHALLENGE, May 20, 2016
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) announces the winners of the Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge (#B2W518) for employers in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties. Bike to Work Day is an annual event held each spring throughout the country that promotes bicycling as a fun way to commute to work. This year, over 500 people registered for the challenge, amounting to about 5,700 bicycle miles, replacing about 230 gallons of fuel, 4,500 lbs of CO₂, and burning about 245,000 calories! Pictures are being posted here.
CDTC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization carrying out Federal requirements for cooperative transportation planning and programming in the four county Capital District area. Our Capital Moves program provides information specific to our region to encourage commuting by transit, carpool, vanpool, and of course by bicycle. This includes our Capital Region Bicycling Guide.
Trophies are donated by Bikeatoga, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Troy Bike Rescue, Steven Rolf Kroeger, and the Albany Public Library. Trophies will remain with this year’s winners until Bike to Work Day 2017.
THE WINNERS ARE…
In Albany County:
The trophy for the most riders goes to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, with 33 riders. The Alliance for Quality Education/Citizen Action/PPEF office had the highest percent participation (41%) for a large employer. The highest percent (86%) participation for a small organization goes to Parks and Trails New York. BERP’s Mike Soucie rode the longest commute, at 80 round trip miles. Hamagrael Elementary won the school trophy, with about 130 kids riding.
In Rensselaer County:
RPI had the most (15) participants and Capital Roots won for the highest percent (20%) participation for a large organization. Matt Brady at RPI won the trophy for the longest round trip commute, with 34 miles.
In Saratoga County:
Skidmore College had the most (24) riders, the highest percent participation (large organization) goes to the Saratoga Springs Public Library with 23%, and Ken Williams at the Waterford-Halfmoon Central School District wins the trophy for the longest commute, riding 52 miles. The highest percent (33%) participation for a small organization goes to Elan Planning and Design. Lake Avenue Elementary continues to hold onto the school trophy, with about 150 kids.
In Schenectady County:
Union College had the most riders, at 53. The large employer with the highest participation, at 9%, is NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 Office. The small employer with the highest participation is Land Art Studio NY. Dana Rackliffe of the Von Rollers rode the longest commute, of 101 miles.
And finally, the City of Cohoes wins the municipal challenge, for the highest percent participation including the mayor or supervisor, with 13% of employees riding.