Bike to Work Month Begins

May has arrived, and as you may remember, May is Bike to Work Month.  Just like last year, the Cascade Bicycle Club is sponsoring the 2010 Group Health Commute Challenge.

And HOK is ready to go with already over 100 riders signed up across the firm. We so far have 13 teams across 12 offices, setting us up to outperform ourselves from last year. And that’s no small feat. To refresh your memory, HOK ranked 19th out of 737 organizations in total miles riden (7590 total miles). That’s a lot of fuel saved, calories burned, stories made, lives changed, lessons learned…(read some of last year’s posts!).

If you haven’t yet signed up, it’s not too late! You can register well into the competition. And it’s free and easy (sign up here). Sure, you might not be as serious as the DC office and their preseason training regimen (HOK Spins), or as hardcore as Vincent Ng who biked 474 miles alone last May, but what better chance to try out an alternative way of getting to work! In the words of HOK’s Colin Rohlfing, “It’s a really great way to start and end your day. You’re…moving and enjoying the sun and wind while getting a little exercise and using your own energy to get you around.”

This year, Beijing, Hong Kong, and San Fransisco will be joining the competition, so I thought I’d get them amped up with last year’s HOK rankings:

# Department Teams Riders Round Trips Days Biked Total Miles
1 DC 3 25 155.0 178 2234.6
2 St. 1 8 76.5 77 1379.4
3 Chicago 1 10 77.0 77 878.2
4 Los Angeles 2 12 82.0 84 830.7
5 Atlanta 1 8 62.0 63 610.6
6 Toronto 1 10 81.0 84 571.4
7 Seattle + Singapore 1 6 49.0 49 525.0
8 Houston 1 7 15.0 15 370.0
9 Florida 1 7 34.5 35 190.5
  Totals 12 93 632.0 662 7590.4

And to get our competitive blood flowing across the firm, here are the teams to watch based on last year’s results:

#
Organization
All
Teams

Riders
New
Riders
Round
Trips
Days
Biked
Total
Miles
%
Biked
1 Microsoft 73 430 96 3405.5 3655 66442.1 30.95
2 Boeing 61 331 74 2585.0 2686 64565.8 30.84
3 REI 34 278 55 2021.0 2168 46500.4 29.67
4 Seattle Children’s 49 355 70 2743.5 2839 37097.0 31.81
5 University of Washington 73 332 45 3378.0 3501 33349.5 41.70
6 City of Seattle 31 231 29 1937.0 2047 26395.0 35.12
7 Amazon.com 16 147 27 1203.5 1264 17956.4 33.99
8 Group Health 24 179 39 1193.5 1246 17881.8 25.97
9 F5 Networks, Inc. 13 116 18 1089.5 1122 16283.6 37.74
10 Starbucks Coffee Company 15 100 12 895.5 924 15045.8 37.07
11 Nordstrom 10 92 21 755.0 779 13362.3 34.27
12 King County 18 114 31 834.5 882 13359.4 30.53
13 Virginia Mason Medical Center 12 98 23 728.0 774 9841.7 28.91
14 City of Bellevue 9 83 16 586.0 617 9686.0 31.64
15 Amgen 7 55 9 606.5 615 9180.3 45.29
16 US Environmental Protection Agency 10 86 21 704.5 740 8920.9 35.67
17 McKinstry 7 52 17 356.5 373 8043.8 28.03
18 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 10 79 15 661.5 682 7769.4 34.51
19 HOK 12 93 48 632.0 662 7590.4 23.69

So let the games begin!…and happy riding.

5 Comments
  1. May 1st, 2010 - 4:55 pm
    john.cantrell said:

    Today I finally broke down and bought a bike! I usually run to work but this month I’ll be biking on my 1980′s Kent. It’s not much, but I’ve got a set of wheels!

  2. May 4th, 2010 - 8:42 am

    Starting slow, but I’ve already done 28 miles (one way Monday & Tuesday). Adventures to date include nearly getting doored by a Porche Cayenne double parking in Old Town Alexandria and smashed by a Metro bus running a redlight. Good times!

  3. May 12th, 2010 - 9:58 am
    Nico said:

    The video is nice BUT dont forget you Helmet!!! Biking can be full of style but you’ll look cooler with a face and skull and maybe even keep your motor skills!

  4. May 12th, 2010 - 7:04 pm
    Paula Huerta said:

    Hey we have a team also in ASia Pacific!!!!

  5. May 25th, 2010 - 8:16 pm
    Elsye said:

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