Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bike to School Day, Part 3: Vienna Schools Bike/Walk Challenge

The 9th Vienna Schools Bike/Walk Challenge culminated on the Friday before Bike to Work day.  For nine years various Vienna elementary schools have participated in a week-long challenge encouraging more students to bike or walk to school. The participating schools were Wolftrap, Westbriar, Cunningham Park, Marshall Road, Flint Hill, Louise Archer, and Vienna. 

These schools actually had a Bike to School Day before Bike to School was a “thing.” Over the years they have expanded the event by challenging schools in Reston to a community contest. The Vienna schools also have teamed up with local businesses to promote the day. In 2016 this resulted in a large check being given to Committee For Helping Others to purchase bikes for less fortunate children. It's great to see schools team up yet compete in such a fun week of exercise.

The Challenge Cup is awarded to the school with the largest percentage increase in participants over last year's challenge. The 2017 contest was a nail biter with the Overall Challenge Cup lead shifting all week.The fourth day of the challenge this year was a massively rainy day, which resulted in a large drop off in numbers of riders despite experiments showing that kids don't melt in the rain. By a narrow 0.14% margin Vienna took the Challenge Cup over Cunningham Park. Westbriar was third while Wolftrap was fourth just 2.5% behind Westbriar. 

The Bike Cup, which is based on the percentage of bike riders relative to the total number of participants, was again won by Vienna which had two days with 100+ riders. It's their fourth year of winning the Bike Cup with Wolftrap recapturing second place after an awesome 100+ day on Wednesday and a solid Friday. Marshall Road had a nice surge to take third overall.  

Cup Challenge (ranking based on comparison with previous year's participation)
Vienna 102.12%
Cunningham Park         101.98%
Westbriar                      98.12 %
Wolftrap                        95.75%
Marshall Road               84.25%
Flint Hill                         81.67%

Bike Challenge (percentage of bikes over walkers)
Vienna                              40.39%
Wolftrap                            23.89%
Marshall Road                  15.22%
Cunningham Park             13.84%
Flint Hill                             10.61%
Westbriar                            5.74%

Congratulations to all the schools for getting out there and continuing to show the rest of FCPS how to get it done.

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