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!
V2| Virtual Event Manger
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!
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.
The month of September has come and gone (too quickly!) and the V2 Crew has completed its participation in the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge. Now it’s time to pause and take stock of the team’s accomplishments.
The last week and half of September went from sunny and warm to suddenly chilly and excessively rainy – with a week of monsoon like rains and thunderstorms. The wet weather did not deter the V2 team, who continued their bike commutes through the soggy, slick streets, with a final team mileage of over 310 miles! Our team also saved 308 lbs of CO2 emissions!
Our longest roundtrip commute was by our team captain, “Purple Rain or Shine” with a daily commute of 13 miles! She also had the most total miles of 110.5! Our next highest mileage was by team member “Burnt Orange for Life” who biked a total of 74 miles with the highest amount of 10 total trips. Congratulations to all our participating V2 Crew bike challenge members!
Author – Jessica Craig is a Virtual Event Manager with V2 who has been in the event production industry for over 5 years.
Here at V2, we pride ourselves on helping to “green” the world of business meetings by doing what we do best – facilitating and managing online webcasts. This September, the V2 Crew is taking that idea a step further by participating in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s yearly Bike Commute Challenge, which encourages employees to bike to work as often as possible for the entire month.
As part of the BTA-sponsored challenge, employees log their miles per trip to work. The online profile allows you to view all the miles logged by your fellow teammates in addition the total miles logged by all companies participating. When you log your trips, you also get a snapshot of your personal and team stats as well as the CO2 emissions you have saved and the calories burned.
At the end of the month, the BTA tallies the bike trips and ranks all workplaces in size categories by the percentage of commutes completed by bike. Along the way, you are eligible to win all kinds of cool bike swag, and you also receive a 10% discount off parts and accessories at all participating Oregon and SW Washington bike shops through October 31. Simply print out your trip log after biking at least 7 trips, and you are eligible to get all the new gear you need to continue your environmentally friendly commute!
The V2 team is proud to announce 83% overall participation in our office so far with 75.1 miles logged. Our team includes seasoned riders and newbies alike (I am one of them!). We are very excited to put the rubber to the road as the leaves start to change, and fall fills the air. We’ll be posting pictures and updates throughout the month on the progress of the team. It’s never too late to sign up! Visit: http://bikecommutechallenge.com/ to register and put yourself to the challenge!
Author – Jessica Bradford is a Virtual Event Manager with V2 who has been in the event production industry for over 5 years.