It’s hard to believe another year has flown by, and with it, the change of seasons from the overly warm Portland summer to a cool fall nip in the air. This September brought another Bike Commute Challenge for V2. The Bike Commute Challenge is a friendly challenge sponsored by the BTA, that pits Portland and SW Washington area workplace teams against each other to see how many of their employees can bike the most of their work commute during the month of September. The workplaces with the highest commutes by bicycle win the challenge, and individuals can win tons of cool prizes and swag along the way.
Last year, the V2 crew boasted a team total of 441.7 miles, which equaled 431 lbs of CO2 emissions saved! We are excited to announce that we had our best year ever in terms of participation with 88% of the team participating. The V2 Crew biked a total of 572.1 miles which equates to 557 lbs of CO2 emissions saved! The team leader this year is no surprise – V2 Events Director Tania Mayer took the lead again with the most miles at 212.5, and the most calories burned at 10,412! Way to go Tania! V2’s very own Director of Business Development, Aaron Cole had increased participation this year and had the most total trips at 18 trips – way to go Aaron! Event Producer Phil Smith took the lead with highest Commute rate of 100%, which is impressive considering this is Phil’s first year competing in the Bike Commute Challenge! Way to go Phil! We are so proud of our team for participating. In fact, out of the 262 Companies that competed in our category, V2 came in at number 9 out 262 with an overall commute rate of 74.61%. Great job team!
The Bike Commute Challenge is not only a fun way to burn some calories, but also promotes a green way to commute to work. The environment and sustainability are very important to V2’s core principles of why we do what we do. Biking is not only good for the environment, but is also great for our employees’ health. 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.”
Great job team and keep on pedaling!
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