Yep – it’s that time of year again! The V2 Crew is putting the rubber to the road with the annual BTA Bike Commute Challenge. September marks the change in seasons, from the hot summer we’ve had to the crisp nip of autumn and it also means challenging the office to ride their bikes to and from the office for the entire month.
The BTA Bike Commute Challenge is a friendly competition within a workplace and even between companies in Portland to see who can bike to work the most during the month of September. The workplace with the most bike commuting wins the challenge, and individuals are also eligible to win cool bike swag along the way. V2 is proud to be part of the Bike Commute Challenge for a second year in a row. For us it is important in reducing our carbon footprint, but also represents the “green” nature of V2’s business practices and how small steps can make a big impact.
This year, the V2 team is stepping up the ante in their goals of commuting via bike and sharing our passion. Tania Mayer, co-owner of V2 and captain of the bike team says, “When you are passionate about something, like I am with riding, you want to share this passion with others. Just like how the Ice Bucket Challenge was successful in getting the word out about ALS, Portland’s bike commute challenges us, our colleagues, and other companies to take action and make a difference. I love the bike commute challenge because through our actions, it shows us how a small change can make a big difference. My hope is it offers people the insight into wanting to make a life-long change.” V2 Event Producer Erin Armentrout is striving for a commuting rate of 100%. She says biking to work is not only good for the environment, but she arrives to work more invigorated and with more energy for the day ahead. This year there are 9696 riders in Portland actively logging trips and 887,247 C02 emissions have already been saved from going into the air!
At the end of this month we will check back in with the V2 team and see how we did!
The V2 Crew