Good morning, Bike Commute Challengers! I hope you remembered to ride your bicycle into the office this Monday morning; today’s the final day to boost your stats and pedal your team to victory in the 2013 Bike Commute Challenge. Despite this September being officially the rainiest in recorded history for much of the Willamette Valley, over ten thousand (and counting!) folks from Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond have collectively logged over a million miles on the Bike Commute Challenge website. You have until 11:59pm, October 2nd to complete your trip log and do your part to help your BCC team best its rivals. If you’d like the opportunity to show off those commute rates to your peers and colleagues, be sure to save the date of October 10, where the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will celebrate the successful completion of the Bike Commute Challenge (and give prizes to the winners) at Portland City Hall. More details of the event are available on our facebook page; hope you are able to attend! I hope you’ve all been taking advantage of the 10% BCC-participation discount you receive at 89 bike shops across the state to stock up on the rain pants, gloves and bike fenders you’ll need for the months ahead; if you’re still in need, don’t worry; your BCC-discount lasts through the end of October.
We received over 70 photos highlighting your amazing bike commutes, your impressive office bike parking racks, some astounding scenery that some of you are lucky enough to bike past everyday and some impressive distances covered from bike commuters based all over the state. Today’s submission, though, takes it to the next level; CH2M Hill actually submitted their own Inspirational Video of the Day, which shows just how seriously they’ve taken the challenge this year:
Tongue-in-cheek video aside, CH2M’s Bike Commute Challenge participation numbers speak for themselves. While it’s nice to see a well-respected planning and architecture firm make a goofy video, it’s even nicer to see that CH2M Hill has 17 people on their team that have logged every single trip to work this month by bicycle, soggy weather and all. The firm also leads the “Architecture, Design, and Engineering” League with 14 new, first-time commuters; if this video is any indication, CH2M’s newly-minted bike commuters will be more than comfortable exhibiting proper use of hand signals, helmets and bike lights as they get to work.