The point is commute: Bike challenge is one wild ride (Photos)
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Naturally, the bike helmet manufacturer Nutcase has ample participation in the BTA's Bike Commute Challenge. Twelve of Nutcase's 15 workers are riding in the event. All told, about 8,800 riders are two-wheeling it (or riding unicycles or three- or four-wheeled contraptions) into their workplaces during the month of September. Click through for a thorough look at some of the more sustainably minded teams participating in this year's Challenge.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Bike Commute Challenge celebrates a transportation mode that's, within Portland and Oregon environs anyway, iconic.
It's logical, then, that the event would cause a veritable peddling mania throughout the state. More than 8,800 riders on 1,210 teams are participating in this year's Challenge. Riders are increasingly making their way into workplaces into more downstate areas, such as Bend and Corvallis.
It's gonna be a wild ride: A look at who's riding in this year's Bike Commute Challenge
The Challenge calls for riders to log their bike trips during September and, through the BTA's website, log those trips. At the end of the month, the BTA ranks all workplaces in size categories by the percentage of commutes achieved by bike.
Such mammoth outfits as Oregon State University (296 riders), Intel Corp. (278 participants) and Daimler (272) top the list of overall participants. Daimler — which wants to make its new Portland facility a LEED Platinum-certified space — added 44 new riders this year while Wieden+Kennedy counts 33 newbies.
In some cases, sectors are going head-to-head against each other. Architects and landscapers have, in the words of my observant colleague Wendy Culverwell, "waged a two-wheeled war with landscapers" as they grapple over the Pietro Belluschi Cup.
The festivities feature benefits for riders as well as ancillary plusses for businesses. For instance, bicycling reduces stress, companies that promote physical activity spend less on health care and bicycling can reduce parking costs.
Click through on the picture above for a look at several teams participating in this year's Bike Commute Challenge.
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