Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge May 20, 2016

April 27, 2016

The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is again working with Bikeatoga to sponsor a workplace challenge (Twitter #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 an option to commute to work. Last year, over 400 people registered for the challenge, amounting to over 4,000 bicycle miles, replacing about 166 gallons of fuel, 3,300 lbs of CO₂, and burning about 180,000 calories! This year registrants will be able to request a free “Bike to Work” T-shirt to promote the event if they register by 5pm Thursday April 28th. Registration is available at www.capitalmoves.org/b2w518.

“This year’s Bike to Work Day Challenge is a great opportunity to engage Troy’s active biking community and promote alternative transportation, a cleaner environment and good health,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “I am proud the City of Troy is again partnering with the Capital District Transportation Committee and my fellow mayors for this great event and we are ready to bring another trophy home to the Collar City!”

“I’m proud that Saratoga Springs is moving forward with various improvements for biking in the community. We encourage more people to bike to every day destinations- for fun and exercise. We look forward to participating again in the Capital Region’s Bike to Work Day, and hope many will join us for a fun event!” said Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

“We are working to turn the roads of Albany into Complete Streets, which means making them safer and more friendly to cyclists, whether they are out for a ride or on a commute,” said Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “To show we’re once again serious about the municipal challenge, we’ll give the winner a bouquet of tulips and a few boxes of Cider Belly Donuts. But let me say, I expect we’ll be celebrating our victory in my City Hall office.”

“Bike and walk-ability continue to be a priority of my administration because of their strong significance to quality of life,” said Mayor Gary McCarthy. “Schenectady is happy to be the defending champion from last year and we encourage others to join this event again this year.”

CDTC’s Michael Franchini offers, “I biked to work last year, and it really gave me a different perspective and an appreciation for bicyclists. Even though I am not a regular bike rider I felt safe, but I had to be very cautious and aware.  I am planning to ride to work again this year.”

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 Bicycle Commuting Guide.

As Doug Haller from Bikeatoga explained, “When Einstein was asked about his Theory of Relativity he said: ‘I thought of that while riding my bicycle.’ Riding a bike to work can be exercise and stress relief, it can save money and reduce your carbon footprint, it reduces traffic congestion and parking problems.  Some of us believe that the world would be a better place if more people traveled by bicycle.”

In each county, the winning team for each of four categories will win a trophy, relinquished by last year’s winners and originally contributed by Bikeatoga, Albany Bicycle Coalition, and Troy Bike Rescue, and made out of used bicycle parts. The four categories are

•   Organization with the largest number of riders,

•   Small organization with the highest percent participation (20 or fewer employees),

•   Large organization with the highest percent participation (over 20 employees), and

•   Person who rode the farthest.

The Municipal Challenge is on again this year, for the highest percent participation for any municipality in the region in which the mayor or supervisor rides to work.

In addition, CDTC is sponsoring a Bike to School Day competition. By county, the school with the most riders will win a trophy. Registration is also at www.capitalmoves.org/b2w518 and only one teacher or staff person needs to register each school.

Registration is open at www.capitalmoves.org.  This year’s standings will also be posted here by county, along with the total gallons of gas saved and calories burned (to date 81 gallons and 87,290 calories).

Contact:

Michael Franchini, Executive Director
Capital District Transportation Committee
One Park Place, Albany, New York 12205-2676
518-458-2161                     www.cdtcmpo.org