Cue your favorite celebratory Queen song, because we won the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) Bike More Challenge for our division this year! We were neck in neck with Shower’s Pass just about the whole month of May, still we managed to pull ahead in the final hour, beating them by a mere 200 miles and change.
One of the things that helped us squash our friends at Shower’s Pass, is that we had four of our staff members in the Reach the Beach ride on May 21st — a 100 mile ride from Portland to Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast. So that right there is a whopping 400 miles racked up in one weekend!
Of course, we were able to count all rides this year (unlike previous years of the challenge which only counted commute miles), meaning we racked up a good deal of miles on our standard delivery routes. Each of our riders averages approximately 10-15 miles per shift, which works out to about 1250-1500 delivery miles per month. Over the course of the year, we save approximately 10 metric tons of CO2 delivering food by bicycle.
Aside from the satisfying triumph of crushing our opponents in thundering defeat, we really enjoyed participating in the Bike More Challenge this year, which had record numbers of participants and was easier to use (with integrated apps like Moves and Strava to track mileage). As usual, the BTA does an awesome job of bicycle advocacy and community building.
So, like all gracious and triumphant champions should, we rode our bikes down to Shower’s Pass last Friday (National Donut Day) with a dozen Delicious Donuts especially for them. Hopefully this was some consolation.
We will be out at the Bike More Awards Street Party tomorrow evening with donated goodies from Delicious Donuts, Pearl Bakery, Sterling Catering and Cookies, Ruby Jewel, and Happy Sparrow. We’ll be right next to the Nossa Familia table (who we also deliver from). Come say hi, eat a donut, and ask to see our giant trophy!
Info about the party:
Link to invite: Here
Wednesday, June 8 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: SE 6th Ave between Showers Pass & Islabikes
Who: All Bike More Challenge participants!
Beer & Pizza! Ice cold Hopworks beer ($5 each or $10 for a refillable pint glass) and FREE Hotlips pizza. Plus a raffle where you can win a REN Cycles WAYPOINT bike or a Sugar Wheel Works wheel set!