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Bike Communter Challengers rack up the miles
For the past 25 years, the Active Transportation Alliance has encouraged new bike commuters to get out and ride through the Bike Commuter Challenge.
The challenge promotes bike commuting as an easy, fun and environmentally-friendly activity.
Throughout the challenge’s history, it’s been the job of our team leaders – our bike commuting evangelists – to create and recruit teams at their places of employment.
Thanks to team leaders’ enthusiastic efforts, new records get racked up nearly every year.
Check out these 2016 Bike Commuter Challenge fun facts:
- 268 teams
- 3,635 participants
- 1,628 new participants
- 16,906 trips were made
- 96,735 miles were biked
- 94,800 lbs of CO2 were saved
- 4,740,026 calories were burned
- Most miles biked by a single commuter: Daniel Monreal from Loyal University biked 389.82 miles in 13 trips
- Most trips biked by a single commuter: Aaron Hammond from Lincoln Park Conservatory biked 33 trips
- Biggest team: Northwestern University, 174 registered
On Saturday, June 18, Active Trans honored this year’s team leaders and BCC participants with a Bike Week Wrap Party at 1st Ward Events at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park.
Attendees shared their Bike Week stories and had a great time while enjoying beer from New Belgium Brewing. And participants got to strut their best biking attire on the crosswalk runway in the Bike Commuter Challenge Fashion Show (see photo).
The official list of this year’s winning teams:
Bike Related — ABUS Mobile Security
For Profit — Tie between Bright and Alta Planning + Design
Education — Sunny Side Child Care
For Profit — Tie between Moss Design and Cyclone Energy Group
Non Profit — Shared-Use Mobility Center
Public Agency — Village of Brookfield, CEDD
Bike Related — REI Northbrook
Education — eSpark Learning
For Profit — Studio Gang Architects
Non Profit — Center for Neighborhood Technology
Public Agency — City of Evanston Health and Human Services
Bike Related Business — SRAM
Education — Erikson Institute
For Profit — Upshot
Non Profit — Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Vocalo)
Public Agency — Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Education — Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For Profit — Publicis @ 35WW
Non Profit — Field Museum
Public Agency — USEPA
For Profit — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (HCSC)
Non Profit — Tie between Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital
> 5,000 Employees:
Education — Northwestern University
For Profit — CDW Corporation, downtown
Non-Profit/NGO — Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Public Agency — ComEd
Please join us in a round of applause for a job well done for everyone who participated in the challenge this year.
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