The month-long Bike to Work Day’s Team Bike Challenge and Company Bike Challenge, which ended May 31, broke participant records with 4,425 individuals registered (compared to 2,800 in 2011) on 664 teams and an additional 245 companies participating in Company Bike Challenge. A total of 701,710 miles were biked, more than doubling the distance of 2011’s 316,359 miles. The distance ridden was enough miles to circle the world 28.2 times while saving 351 tons of CO2 and burning 43,155,179 calories.
Winners came from every walk of life, representing the wide range of bicycling enthusiasts in the Bay Area. Taking first place in the regional contest, Santa Clara County’s KTCC1 won with 399 points and 4,461.5 miles. Following close behind, San Mateo County’s Honey Badgers racked up 395 points; while bronze place went to San Francisco’s Partycar.com with 375 points.
Company Bike Challenge’s competition ran extremely hot this year with Apple unbelievably taking the top slot with 38,222.7 miles and 4,803 points, followed by KLA-Tencor, whose awe-inspiring 27,542.1 miles and 2,745 points put them in second place, and Tesla Motors impressively took third with 21,969.9 miles and 2,632 points.
Team Bike Challenge's success was bolstered by Chipotle's support. “Chipotle is committed to sustainability, serving ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers. We look for ways to support our customers' healthy living choices, so it was a natural fit to get involved with Team Bike Challenge and Bike to Work Day. As the presenting sponsor of TBC, we've encouraged people to leave their cars at home, and have encouraged and rewarded participants with prizes and Chipotle meals to fuel their biking throughout the month,” says Marketing Specialist, Erica Cheung.
Team Bike Challenge, a program of Bike to Work Day is made possible through the generous support of: 511.org, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente. Chipotle and BikeMS have provided additional support for team bike challenge with prizes provided by Chipotle, Peak Racks, and REI.