May 17, 2013 -- CT's Best Bike to Work Day Yet!
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Thanks to good weather, and even more to the growing ranks of bike-friendly residents, we had an awesome turnout for Bike to Work Day 2013! Thanks to every single one of you who participated, and thanks to Mayor Segarra, Commissioners Esty, Smith and Redeker, and Senator Beth Bye for leading by example. And thanks to Fox CT and Colin McEnroe for helping us get the good word out! Special thanks to Sandy Fry and the whole Bike to Work Committee for all your planning and generous dedication.
After adjusting for a few duplicate entries, we had 687 people pledge to bike to work on May 17, and our estimates are that twice as many people probably participated. Bike to Work Day celebrations were held at 25 locations across the state -- up from 14 last year. Some 150 - 200 people attended the Hartford Old State House event alone!
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS!
Bike to Work By the Numbers
Total Pledges: 687 Individuals at 176 different employers
Total Miles Ridden One Way, by all pledgers: 4,949. That's a whole lot of savings on gas and emissions!
Longest Commute Award: Chris Adams, 65 miles one way from Old Saybrook to Hartford!
Top 20 Organizations - Ranked By Participation
1. Dept. of Children & Families: 215 participants, 800 miles
2. Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection: 37 participants, 367 miles
3. Pratt & Whitney: 27 participants, 261 miles
4. Dept. of Transportation: 26 participants, 229 miles
5. Dept. of Public Health: 20 participants, 181 miles
6. Travelers: 19 participants, 223 miles
7 (tie). Hartford Steam Boiler: 14 participants, 116 miles
7 (tie). Cycling Sports Group/Cannondale Bicycles: 14 participants, 125 miles
8. Aetna: 13 participants, 128 miles
9. Trinity College: 11 participants, 41 miles
10. United Technologies Aerospace Systems: 10 participants, 136 miles
11. Dept. of Developmental Services: 8 participants, 82 miles
12. Yale University: 8 participants, 30 miles
13 (tie). Prudential: 6 participants, 60 miles
13 (tie). UConn Health Center: 6 participants, 31 miles
13 (tie). Cigna: 6 participants, 37 miles
13 (tie). UnitedHealth Group: 6 participants, 44 miles
13 (tie). Dept. of Motor Vehicles: 6 participants, 26 miles
14. ESPN: 5 participants, 87 miles
Commuters Encouraged to Bike to Work
It's Easier Than You Think!
It doesn't take much to become a bike commuter. All you need is a bike, a little planning, and a little advice from those who bike to work regularly. Cycling to work can produce untold benefits, from the immediate cost savings to the more subtle changes in health and well-being.
Join the Party!
Interested in hosting your own Bike to Work Day celebration at your workplace or bike shop? Contact Sandy Fry, Bike to Work Chair.
In Hartford? Shower at the Downtown Hartford YMCA
The Downtown Hartford YMCA has generously agreed to make their showers available for free on May 17, Bike to Work Day, and for a small donation the rest of the year. Just go to the Y, show ID and sign a waiver.
Tips to Get You Started on Bike Commuting
If you have a bicycle, you can be a bike commuter. Here are some tips to help you get into the saddle. Want someone to ride with? Check our list of Bike Buddies--there might be someone from your area who's already bike commuting.
Then Keep Going!
Now that you are biking to work, why stop there? Bike Everywhere is about using your bike for transportation instead of your car. Think of all the places you can get to on your bike. Bike to the grocery store, the movies, restaurants. Why not? Try the National Bike Challenge to help stay motivated!
Can't Bike to Work? Try commuting a different way!
Can't bike to work? Then please pledge to share a ride one day during CTrides Week, May 13-17. Visit CTrides at www.ctrides.com, then take a bus, train, carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work. Learn more at CTrides.
Ongoing Bike to Work Breakfasts
We're planning Bike to Work Day celebrations across the state, including a government challenge, and events in these towns. Details here.
You gotta pledge to win! Pledge to Bike to Work to be entered in the drawing for PRIZES and be counted in Connecticut's Bike to Work Day participation!
Thank you to our sponsors & partners!