The month of September is over, and that means that the V2 Crew has completed the annual BTA Bike Commute Challenge! Our team did a great job of commuting via bicycle this year. Event Producer Erin Armentrout set a goal of 100% participation and was extremely close with an 84% participation rate – great job Erin! In fact, the V2 team biked a total of 441.7 miles, which equates to 431 lbs of CO2 emissions saved! Team Captain and V2 Director of Operations, Tania Mayer, set a personal goal to put 10,000 miles on her bike. She reached her goal while riding in the challenge, and we couldn’t be more proud of her – way to go Tania! See above some pics of Tania as she clocks in at 10,000 miles on her bicycle odometer! As you can guess, Tania is an avid bicyclist, and regularly commutes to work on her bike and around town. She was also the V2 team challenge winner, clocking in with 238.7 miles all on her own – over half of the team total!
Riding your bike to work is not just great exercise; it is great for the environment, as well as your wallet in terms of healthcare costs. The Business Insider lists 13 Reasons You Should Start Biking To Work, and states “The most important socio-economic impact of cycling lies in the area of health care,” says Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. Nowhere is that more clear than in Portland, Ore. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that “during the next 30 years, Portland’s residents could save as much as $594 million in health care costs because of an investment into biking culture” and “fuel savings of $143 to $218 million.”
Biking can keep you healthier; it can also keep businesses from losing millions in lost productivity. The Insider explains “A recent study by Dutch economic think tank TNO found people who commuted to work by bike were less likely to call in sick. “Commuting to work by bicycle by just 1 percent could save [Denmark’s] employers approximately $34 million in lost productivity from absenteeism,” Oregon state rep. Earl Blumenhauer writes in American Bicyclist. “That’s assuming a workforce of 7.1 million people. The U.S. has more than 154 million people in its workforce.”
The V2 Crew is proud of its commuters during this year’s challenge, and hopes we can increase the participation in our office even more next year. To learn more about the BTA Bike Commute Challenge and how you and your company can get involved, visit http://bikecommutechallenge.com/
V2 | Virtual Event Manager