Cycling Fervor

Alright! We’re 8 days into the Bike to Work Challenge and HOK is showing it’s pedaling power. I knew we had a healthy competitive spirit, but check out these stats. With 90 riders across the firm, we are ranked 16 of 557 organizations in terms of number of miles ridden. That’s the top 3% of participating organizations. Additionally, we are ranked 1st in out-biking all participating architecture firms.


Within HOK, the DC office (24 riders) is carrying the lead with 796 logged miles, followed closely by the St. Louis Office (8 riders). The Chicago Office (9 riders) is leading a near five-way tie for 3rd.


The rider with the most miles to date is St. Louis structural engineer Steve Crang with 210 logged miles (engineers represent!). Steve is followed very closely by DC Office Vincent Ng’s 205 logged miles. St. Louis rider “Bustaface” is in 3rd, and Seattle’s very own Todd Buchanan is in 4th.

Speaking of “Bustaface,” we’ve got a bit of creativity in rider aliases across the firm. Some of my favs are “Bus Food” from Atlanta, Houston team “Roadkill,” and Los Angeles team “Spoke to Soon.”

13 days remain in this challenge so there’s still plenty of time to pedal out the 20,000 miles it would take to out-bike Microsoft, Boeing, and REI. Rest assured, I’ll do everything I can to stretch out my half-mile commute. Keep pedaling!

  1. May 13th, 2009 - 6:12 pm
    justin.zawyrucha said:

    I’ve noticed a trend with these ‘results.’
    First, there are a few people, namely in the St. Louis office that bike too far.

    and Second. It really shows alot about the amount of people live in a suburban location vs. an urban one.

    If you look at it from average distance.

    1. DC – 13 miles
    2. St. Louis – 18.4 miles
    3. Chicago – 11.3 miles
    4. Toronto – 6.4 miles
    5. L.A. – 8.4 miles
    6. Atlanta – 8.3 miles
    7. Seattle – 11.5 miles
    8. Houston – 20.6 miles
    9. Florida – 5 miles

    It tells alot. Either the riders have more determination with the longer distances, or more people live in close proximity to their office.

    The Toronto scores might be flawed though. I don’t think all of the members have converted from kilometers to miles in calculating their distance. I know I did.

  2. May 13th, 2009 - 7:43 pm
    RL said:

    I’m interested in moving up to DC and it looks like you have a lot of active cyclists in that office (Is the 13miles bike+train or bike only). Where are folks biking from? Where are all the good bike paths? If anyone would like to share a google mapped path, I’d very much appreciate it. Thanks!

    PS, great job with the blog :)

  3. May 14th, 2009 - 12:05 am
    Todd Buchanan said:

    Justin, interesting look at the stats. There are so many ways to look at them, and it is fun to do so! Hopefully others will share their tales of the road, because everyone’s story, motivation, geography, climate and personalities are all quite unique.

    (RL, only miles ridden count)

  4. May 14th, 2009 - 7:44 am

    I’m a newbie cyclist in the DC office (13.8 miles each way, all on bike, door-to-door). The DC cyclists come from all over the metro area – many actually live in the District, but a bunch of us live in MD and VA.

    I come from the south side of Alexandria, VA. Vincent, our top cyclist, comes from Fairfax, VA. We both ride trails pretty much the entire way (my main trail is the Mount Vernon Trail, right along the Potomac River – watch for photo essay post of my commute coming soon…if I don’t collapse next time I try it).

    Anyway, here are a couple of local biking resources:

    And don’t forget to check in with the local bike shops – I found them to be extremely helpful both with tuning up my bike and with helping plot a safe route!

    Also – to add to Blake’s brag list – HOK is the first organization on the list of top performers that doesn’t have a headquarters/major-ginormous presence in the Seattle/Puget Sound area…go us!

  5. May 14th, 2009 - 9:46 am
    RL said:

    Jodi that was extremely helpful. I had no idea DC had so many trails. I currently commute only 4 miles round-trip in the city (ATL) with some bike lanes. Having a trail will make the trip a lot more fun, so maybe I won’t mind if I have to extend my commute a bit. Thanks!

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