August 2, 2016
Workplace challenge helps get drivers off the road
More than 1,300 trips were taken by 163 cyclists from 32 companies during 36 Community Solutions’ Bike 36 Challenge, from June 13 to July 8 along the corridor’s U.S. 36 Bikeway. The organization said 1,351 trips were taken during the challenge, helping alleviate traffic along U.S. Highway 36 and promote good health.
The challenge, powered by Love to Ride, rewarded U.S. 36 employees for riding a bike during the challenge period. Businesses competed for the highest percentage of participation, and individuals competed for the most miles and most trip categories. New cyclists even had their own competition category.
One of the challenge’s top new female cyclists, Carli Dean of Boulder County AIDS Project, said the challenge helped change her commute.
“When I saw the Bike 36 Challenge occurring, I thought I’d hop on my bike to make the trek from Superior to downtown Boulder instead of sitting in traffic,” she said. “Cycling helped me get in the mindset to tackle the day’s work, enjoy the fresh air and take in the mountain views. Biking to work also gave me the chance to try a bus-then-bike commute, which was equally convenient and cheaper than driving.”