Get ready to bike or walk to work on Thursday, May 10, as we celebrate the greenest ways to commute to Stanford. In 2017, a record-breaking number of 2,635 were observed at Stanford during the morning commute who cycled or walked on Bike to Work Day.
With 21 percent of university commuters riding a bike to work or school, every day feels like Bike to Work Day at Stanford. However, Bike to Work Day, which took place on May 10, is still a special day.
This year, 2,033 Stanford participated in the early morning ride to Stanford celebrating the 24th Anniversary of the Bay Area event, participated. Walkers counted too—292 strolled in.
Bicyclists and walkers alike were greeted at one of the 15 Stanford-affiliated Energizer Stations hosted by our record-breaking team of 90+ Bike to Work volunteers.
For at least one volunteer, the experience was well worth the early wake-up call:
“It was so much fun to be out in the beautiful morning greeting folks biking in - made me feel like part of a bike commuter community! Loved it”
The 882 riders who reported their mileage logged a total 8,317 miles, with an average ride of 9.6 miles. By biking instead of driving, these commuters eliminated an estimated 6,711* pounds of CO2 emissions on Bike to Work Day. While some bicyclists rode a short distance, many logged distances from as far as Alameda, Fremont, and San Jose.
Davis Reek, Budget Analyst in University Budget Office, rode from San Francisco with colleague Stephen Arod Shirreffs, Ph.D., from the University Registrar. According to Stephen, the pair logged some serious miles:
“We actually rode 40 miles one-way and then took the train back to SF after work and rode home from there.”
Sprocket Man—Stanford’s Bike Safety superhero—also appeared to welcome riders, do some on-site minor bike repairs, and hand out Bike to Work tote bags filled with goodies and snacks to give riders a boost to make it to their final destination.
National Bike Month continues
It’s not too late to celebrate National Bike Month! Riders can take the Stanford Bike Safety Pledge: agreeing to wear a bicycle helmet for every ride and follow the rules of the road. Pledge by May 31 to be entered to win a new Momentum iNeed Street bike donated by the Campus Bike Shop.
For more information on bicycling or National Bike Month, please contact the Bicycle Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Locations||Total Riders||Riders who recorded miles||Miles||Avg. Trip||Walkers|
|El Camino/Galvez Street||113||45||237.5||5.3||4|
|Campus Drive/Santa Teresa||126||39||488||12.5||3|
|Serra Street/El Camino||174||133||1193.5||9||13|
|Clark Center/Dean's Lawn||130||92||1081.5||11.8||38|
|Escondido at Comstock||241||86||429||5||125|
|Stanford Hospital Fountain||118||73||409.5||5.6||16|
|Stanford Children's Health||62||49||1259.7||25.7||51|
|Stanford Medicine Redwood City||27||6||22||3.7|
|Palo Alto Tech Center|
|Neuroscience Health Center||48||29||177||6.1|
Congratulations to the teams who won breakfast at Tootsies for winning the 2017 BTW Department Rides: "CARS" (left) representing the Psychology department and "SHC Planning, Design and Construction" (right) representing Stanford Health Care.
Share your department’s team spirit and how you rally colleagues to ride during May, National Bike Month, or on Bike to Work Day, May 10. We have heard stories of both short and long rides, some from as far away as San Francisco and beyond. The information will help foster new programs, gather information on bike-friendly departments, and inspire all of us to ride more and drive less when we can.
Log your ride by May 31 to be entered into the drawing. Luck of the draw will award a free* breakfast to the winning department.
*Breakfast limited to budget capacity and our vendor selection, must be redeemed by June 30, 2018
The Company Bike Challenge is a great friendly cycling competition among companies throughout the Bay Area that encourages friends and colleagues to commute by bike during the month of May. Cyclists competing in the Team Bike Challenge will earn points for their team and company every time they ride their bike to work, the park, or any other destination. It's also another great way to show other companies in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties that you are a commuting champion.
To compete, individuals sign up on the Team Bike Challenge registration page and choose their company from a pull down menu. Points will then be counted towards that company. There are three categories for companies, and the company with the highest point total in each category wins!
For complete rules and to participate, register at teambikechallenge.com. Company Bike Challenge participants need only sign up and join their company. You can also join as a team for the Team Bike Challenge if you'd like (more information below).
Company categories are:
The Team Bike Challenge is a fun commute competition taking place during National Bike Month (May) that encourages friends and colleagues to form teams of two to five people to compete against other teams throughout the Bay Area. Team members will earn points every time they ride their bikes and for every mile they pedal. Whether you're riding to work, school, the park or almost anywhere else, you will earn points along the way. One team will be crowned from each county.
For complete rules and to participate, form a team of up to 5 riders and register today at teambikechallenge.com
Thanks to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition who oversees Bike to Work Day in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and to 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Kaiser Permanente who provide funding.