2013 Bike Commute Challenge Celebrates 1,000,000 Miles

Bike Commute Challenge Awards PartyLast night at Portland City Hall, hundreds of Bike Commute Challenge participants gathered to celebrate over 1,000,000 miles of commutes during one of the rainiest Septembers on record.

Josh Alpert, Policy Director for the Office of Mayor Charlie Hales, recognized the investment that bike commuters made not only in their own health, but in the health of the community: by helping our roadways last longer, by making way for commercial goods to move through our city, and by increasing safety on our roadways.

The 2013 Bike Commute Challenge by the Numbers:

  • 10,555 participants
  • 1,597 people new to commuting by bicycle
  • 114,984 trips logged
  • 1,151,686.93 miles ridden

Category Winners

PDW at BCCBusiness and Non-Profit, 1 employee (100% commute rate)
The Copy Center at Camera Graphics
Dr. Jeffrey D. Sher
Boont Rocks!
Kohles Bioengineering

Business and Non-Profit, 2-4 employees 
PedalPT, 2 employees, 100%
Measureful, 3 employees, 100%

Business and Non-Profit,  5-24 employees
Sticky, 100%, 5 employees
Cast Iron Coding 100% 7 employees
Oregon Health and Science University – Market Square Building 5th Floor, 100%, 5 employees

Business and Non-Profit, 25-99 employees
Watershed Sciences, Inc – 63 employees, 78.71%

Business and Non-Profit, 100-499 employees
Energy Trust of Oregon – 105 employees, 45.89%

Energy Trust of Oregon

Business and Non-Profit, 500+ employees
Weiden + Kennedy, 636 employees, 8.45%

Public Agencies, 1-24 employees
Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab, 89.30%, 4 employees

Public Agencies, 25-99 employees
US Geological Survey, 90 employees, 37.33%

Public Agencies, 100-499 employees
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 104 employees, 32.83

Public Agencies, 500+ employees
Portland State Office Building, 707 employees, 11.84%

Bike Shops, 1-8 employees
Winner:  Go By Bike, 83.33% commute rate, 6 employees

Go by Bike

Bike Shops, 9-15 employees
Winner: Bike Gallery – Beaverton, 24.78% commute rate with 15 employees

Bike Shops, 16+ employees
Bike Gallery – Downtown Portland with a 94.39% commute rate with 16 employees

Most New Riders
Daimler Trucking of North America with 46 new riders

Brian Reynolds Distance Award
Jeff Capizzi of the Portland State Office Building Team with 1,849.3 miles in 20 days of commuting.

Brad Buchanan Team Captain of the Year Award
Tim McLeod of Oregon Catholic Press

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Congratulations to all the winners! Full final standings are available on the Bike Commute Challenge website.


Comments (2)

  1. Dan O Permalink  | Oct 13, 2013 10:00am

    After what seems like several years of this BCC thing, I finally made it
    to the afterparty. It’s not just phony cliche to say that I enjoyed it
    immensely – the feeling *still* more than lingers.

    In Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Pee-Wee says, “You don’t want to get mixed
    up with a guy like me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.” I’ve been
    “captain” of two or three BCC teams, but I’m not a leader. I *am* a
    loner – a rebel.

    But we all of us humans have interhuman needs, and it was so awesome
    hanging with all of you Thursday night. Thank you so much for making
    me feel welcome and part of a community!

    I’ve reconsidered the Portland-centric-ness of BTA. An example of what
    can be is needed to give real hope to the rest of the world that is
    stuck in the last millenium, and Portland is doing it.

    Where I live and ride, motorists encountering a bicycle on the road get
    all, “OMG, a _bicycle on the road_!”, and while most of them are very
    nice and accommodating, the situation is still this big anomolous dis-
    ruption to the normal business of driving and an “issue” until they get
    past it. And there is a too high probability that – instead of being
    very nice and accommodating – all the stresses and resentments of this
    motorist will find outlet on this handy “weirdo” (- too often).

    The BCC party was my second visit to Portland in recent months (the
    first was when “The Little Comets” played Lola’s Room 🙂 Both times
    I watched in awe as the bikes went by. It’s not Amsterdam or Copenhagen
    – nor should it be; it’s its own version. Cars still dominate, but the
    bicycle transportation mode is beyond infancy, beyond toddling – it’s
    emerging from precocious exuberance to… dare I say, an establishment.
    Motorists don’t freak out when they have to deal with a bike (or two,
    or three, or four); they just handle it with aplomb and no horn honking
    or yelling or hostile maneuvering – what would be the point? If they
    don’t like the bicyclist(s) they have to deal with right now, just wait
    fifteen seconds and another one (or two, or three… ) will come along.

    The point is, the movement in Portland has _changed motorist attitudes_!

    I know it’s not perfect and all roses, but it’s evident; and palpable.

    Thanks again! Don’t Forget to be Awesome, and Keep Portland Weird!

  2. Gary Gumanow Permalink  | Oct 17, 2013 09:56am

    I don’t live in Portland right now, haven’t for a few years now. However, I love to watch this challenge and wished I had it in my state of Texas.

    I worked at Intel and organized and motivated people to get out of their cars and on their bikes. We started with less than 50 people the first year. By the fourth year we had close to 1000 riders. However, that many riders doesn’t even come close to the percentages enjoyed by smaller organizations. I envisioned having 30% of Intel employees on their bikes. That would’ve been close to 5000 riders. That would’ve created a problem for the roads in Hillsboro I would’ve loved to see.

    I’ve always thought there should be a different category for larger than 10K employees, or have them measured on a different scale, other than % of rider to employees.