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About one-third of all work trips in Chicago are comprised of people biking, walking, or riding public transit.

And the winners are…

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Each year for the Bike Commuter Challenge, team leaders from organizations around Chicagoland recruit their colleagues to compete in the big bike commuting event.

This year's event, presented by Freeman Kevenides Law, was held for TWO weeks, allowing more trips logged and more competition.

Midway through the challenge Active Trans with SRAM and World Bicycle Relief, hosted Rock the Rooftop, a fun party that took place on the roof of the building SRAM occupies.

Food was provided by Nando’s Peri Peri and beer from Revolution Brewing. A performance came midway through the evening when Blackstone Bikes performed its new song, “Stay in Your Lane.”

So here are the results from the event, including some fun facts. 

2017 Bike Commuter Challenge fun facts:

  • 306 teams
  • 3,653 participants
  • 1,423 female participants
  • 850 new participants 
  • 30,355 trips
  • 166,205 miles were biked
  • 162,881 lbs of CO2 were saved
  • 8,144,077 calories burned
  • Northwestern University was the biggest team with 151 riders

Top Rider Award (most miles biked)

  • Female: Anna Carvlin
  • Male: John Villani

 

Official List of the 2017 Winning Teams

< 5 employees

  • For Profit – Alta Planning & Design
  • Public Agency –  9th Senate District 

5 – 24 employees

  • Education – Sunny Side Child Care
  • For Profit – Sam Schwartz
  • Non-Profit/NGO –  Working Bikes and Experimental Station
  • Public Agency – Village of Brookfield, CEDD

25 – 99 employees

  • Bike Related Business –  REI LPK
  • Education – eSpark Learning
  • For Profit – Studio Gang Architects 
  • Non-Profit/NGO – IFF
  • Public Agency – Public Commission of Chicago 

100 – 499 employees

  • Bike Related Business – SRAM  
  • Education – Erikson Institute
  • For Profit – Upshot
  • Non-Profit/NGO – Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Vocalo)
  • Public Agency – Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning 

500 – 2,499 employees

  • Education – Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • For Profit – Groupon
  • Non-Profit/NGO – Field Museum
  • Public Agency – Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

2,500 – 4,999 employees

  • Education – Loyola University
  • For Profit – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (HCSC)
  • Non-Profit/NGO – Swedish Covenant Hospital

> 5,000 employees

  • Education – Northwestern University
  • For Profit – CDW
  • Non-Profit/NGO – Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Public Agency – Chicago Transit Authority

 

A round of applause for all those who participated. We can’t wait to see you next year!

 

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