Commuter Challenge Dares Philly Companies To Leave Cars At Home

Ah, there’s nothing Mr. Fox hates more than friendly competition (patience was a virtue that we never learned); we prefer the animalistic kind with a clear winner. However, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, AAA and ZipCar‘s first Commuter Challenge for Philadelphia is something we can support. The challenge begins next Friday, May 20, on National Bike to Work Day, but companies can start creating teams now. Organizations will log their employees bike- and walk-to-work miles and the Coalition will choose winners for each month, as well as winners for the whole summer (the challenge ends in September). This is the first year the Coalition has done the challenge as a summer-longer event with separate website. As long as you’ve logged at least five commutes each month, you will be entered in a raffle for a Breezer bike and a Burley Travoy at the end of the challenge, as well as ZipCar giftcards, BCGP Commuter Challenge T-shirts, I BIKE PHL T-shirts, free Bike Philly registrations and free BCGP memberships raffled off throughout the challenge. Join Jefferson University Hospital, Comcast, Neiman Group, Temple University, University City District and The Rosenbach Museum & Library in the challenge, plus the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission team, which has the most signups with 19 employees so far. This Wednesday, May 18, if you feel like a more agressive type of competition, join the commuter race at 8am (cyclists VS. public transit riders VS. ZipCar drivers). —-Caitlin Connors