Bike Commute Challenge Photo of the Day: Oregon Zoo

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Today’s Bike Commute Challenge Photo of the Day comes to us straight from Philip Fensterer, who rides his bike from St Johns to his job at the Oregon Zoo. As captain of the Oregon Zoo team, Philip’s been leading the effort to encourage bike commuting to the Oregon Zoo’s pristine location in Washington Park up in the West Hills. The Oregon Zoo has also been participating in the Bike Commute Challenge in the “Cycle for Change” League against zoos all over the country; as of this writing, the Oregon Zoo team is currently in a heated battle for first place with teams at the Louisville and Milwaukee County Zoos. We’d make a joke about this sort of nation-wide competition between zoos sounding like more fun than a barrel of monkeys, but we here at the BTA like to think that we’re better than that. Best of luck to our local Oregon brethren in their unique challenge to prove why Portland is America’s Bicycling Capital.

If you are interested in setting up a league so that your office can compete against other like-minded and like-sized organizations in a specific category, please let us know; there are efforts underway to establish a league for all businesses who partner with the Westside Transportation Alliance, and the competition in the “Portland’s non-profits” league is particularly stiff. We’d love to give you an extra incentive to get on your bikes and log some trips, and nothing like a little friendly competition to really get the workplace excited about the Bike Commute Challenge.

Mr. Fensterer couldn’t help but send in another photo that he took on his first commute of the Challenge on September 1st. Check out this magnificent view of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River from the St. Johns Bridge on his early morning commute:


Thanks Philip for the inspirational photos! Best of luck in the Cycle for Change League. A happy Friday to you all as well; anyone want to share their exciting plans this weekend to #bikemore?


Comments (2)

  1. Dan O Permalink  | Sep 06, 2013 08:43pm

    Oooooo… that dawn panorama puts my morning sunrise pic to shame.

    I remember one day, though – riding in toward Salem on Hwy 22, near the top of the long climb just east of town (you can see both Hood and Jefferson up there – you PDX guys will know the place from your trips to Bend for cross racing and what not) – looing over my shoulder and the sun was _smack dab behind_ Hood. The entire sky was neon orange, the fields illuminated – the dark silhouette of the mountain at the very center of all emanating light.

    Sunrises and sunsets are so cool because you can practically see and feel the world turning. My sunrise pic this year has nice pink clouds, but by the time I got the camera put back in my bag the color was gone.

  2. Luke Wisher Permalink  | Sep 10, 2013 01:35pm

    Go Philip! See you at Pingpong!