The 21st annual MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) was a smashing success and even broke the record for miles logged by participants- congrats everyone!
During the week of May 9th-17th, Massachusetts commuters and residents logged over 146,000 miles by bike, saving 136,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. Over 200 people came out to celebrate these impressive results at the annual Bike Bash on May 27 at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square (check out the pics on Facebook!)
Massachusetts residents, employees, and students were challenged to take some or all of their commutes and other trips by bicycle for a 9-day period during Bay State Bike Week. The Challenge is a free and friendly competition between businesses, communities, and institutions for fun and fitness, and seeks to encourage bicycling as a viable mode of transportation.
Winners for 2015 included:
Communities: 1) Cambridge 2) Somerville 3) Arlington
Businesses: Meetinghouse Montessori School (1-24 employees), Digital Lumens (25-99 employees), Elkus Manfredi Architects (100-499 employees), MassDEP (500-1,499 employees), Biogen - Cambridge (1,500-2,999 employees), MIT Lincoln Laboratory (3,000-4,999 employees), Children’s Hospital Boston (5,000+ employees)
Colleges/universities: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1-999 employees/students), Harvard - Longwood campus (1,000-4,999 employees/students), MIT (5,000+ employees/students).
Winners received their awards at the May 27 Bike Bash, where individuals also received Wheelie Awards and participants were invited to participate in door raffles.
Over 2,900 commuters signed up for the 2015 MCBC. Participants from 239 zip codes, 180 businesses and 21 educational institutions logged 146,000 miles, a five percent increase from 2014. These miles biked prevented over 136,000 pounds of CO2 by replacing miles driven.
Several transportation management associations hosted bicycle breakfasts and tune-ups the week of the Challenge. These events provided incentives to bicyclists such as free bike maintenance and the opportunity to network with other bike commuters.
“Every year, more and more people are making the conscious choice to hop on their bikes during the MCBC and leave their cars at home,” said MassCommute Executive Director Julia Prange Wallerce. “That choice for some becomes a year-round habit.”
MassCommute seeks to promote sustainable transportation, reduce vehicular traffic congestion and emissions, and improve access and quality of life for commuters, and through the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge seeks to celebrate bicycling as a viable mode of transportation and invite occasional or recreational bicycle riders to try biking for commuting.