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BTA releases results of Bike Commute Challenge

Posted by on October 8th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Bike to Work Day

(Photo J. Maus)

Tonight in southeast Portland, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) will toast another successful Bike Commute Challenge.

The event, which has been held every September since 1995, is a friendly competition between workplaces to see who bike to work more. All participants log their commutes online to compete for bragging rights and awards.

This year, the Bike Commute Challenge had its highest rates of participation ever. Records were broken for number of workplaces (1,073), number of participants (10,689 people), and number of miles ridden (1,235,219.03).

According to the BTA, these numbers are double what they were in 2005. Another fantastic note about this event is that of the 10,689 individuals that participated, 2,869 of them signed up as new bike commuters.

The victors in all the different categories will be honored tonight. Below is a complete listing of the winners in each category (many companies had over 90% of their employees commuting the entire month!):

Business or nonprofit organizations with 1 employee reporting 100% commute rate

  • Andrew Holtz – Holtz Report
  • Dr. Jeffrey D Sher
  • Peggy Pfenninger – Camera Graphics
  • Cheryl Hummon – NW Zoo & Aquarium Alliance
  • Charles Carroll – New Outlook Financial, LLC
  • Michelle Blackwood – Acupuncture Works LLC

Businesses and nonprofit organizations with 2-4 employees

    Eclipse Foundation, with a 100% commute rate

Businesses and nonprofits with 5-24 employees

    Stumptown Printers, with a 96.6% commute rate

Businesses and non-profits with 25-99 employees

  • First place – Community Cycling Center with a commute rate of 78%
  • Second place – Chris King Precision Components with a commute rate of 62.3%
  • Third place – Wallis Engineering with a commute rate of 62%

Businesses and non-profits with more than 100-499 employees

    First Alternative Co-op of Corvallis with a 38% commute rate

Businesses and non-profits with more than 500 employees

    NCNM with a 12.6% commute rate

Public agencies with less than 25 employees

    Portland Parks and Recreation- Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation program with a 61% commute rate

Public agencies with 25-99 employees

    Office of Sustainable Development with a 45.7% commute rate

Public agencies with 100-499 employees

    City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services with a 26.5% commute rate

Public agencies with greater than 500 employees

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality with a 9.2% commute rate

Special Mention: The Brian Reynolds distance award given to commute with highest mileage

    Rick Martin with 1400 miles in 20 days of commuting

Bike Shops less than 8 employees

    South Salem Cycleworks with a 94.6% commute rate

Bike shop with 9-15 employees

    Bike Gallery Downtown with a 98.4% commute rate

Bike shop with 16 or more employees

    Bike Gallery Hollywood with a 92.4% commute rate

Most new bike commuters prize (they’ll get a special Breakfast on the Bridge at time and place
of their choosing)


If you took part in the Bike Commute Challenge, roll on over to the party tonight at the Organics to You Warehouse (starts at 5:30, 606 SE Madison St.).

[I can’t make it tonight, so if you go, share a report in the comments!]

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  • Matthew Denton October 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Uhmm, what is with the tags? Flanders Street Bridge? Mountain Biking? Last year’s cyclecross? Front Page AND Page Two?

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  • Jonathan Maus (Editor) October 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm


    the latest version of wordpress is doing some weird, buggy things with categories. not sure why it happens some times. i’ve fixed it.

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  • scoot October 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Wow… Ricky Martin is a badass. I mean Rick. Way to go, everybody.

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  • Nick October 9, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Nice work everyone. I rode every day last month. I don’t think I would have done it without the challenge. Now it is October and am really missing the awesome weather we had in September.


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  • Robin October 9, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I love commuting in the winter. All you need is a good jacket and gloves.

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  • Zaphod October 12, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    total commute miles breaking a MILLION? That is sweet. It’s a good stat to use early and often.

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  • Matthew Denton October 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    And I totally missed the fact that that is a picture of me until someone pointed it out… Sigh.

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  • Kurt Runzler October 13, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    I think the commute rate numbers may be overstated. I believe this is the first year that participants could note which days they were not working, whereas in the past it was just assumed that paticiapnts worked every regular work day in September. The problem is, it is still assumed that all other (non-bike riding) workers at a given company are working (and commuting)every regular work day – so the numbers are going to be skewed upward, refecting a higher percentage of total bike commutes than actually occured. I doubt this will stop the BTA or PDOT from boasting about the big increases – they are on record claiming that 6 percent of Portland commutes (year round – based on a survey by the Portlaqnd city auditor)are by bike – which is patently absurd.

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  • Jessica Roberts October 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Kurt, I’ve seen you comment on the 6% figure over and over again on blog comments. Why the obsession?

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