Tuesday, October 8, 2013

2013 National Bike Challenge - FABB team finishes 39th in U.S.

The FABB National Bike Challenge team logged 45,194 miles between May 1 and September 30. As a team of 34 riders, we finished second regionally and 39th nationally. BikeArlington All-Stars, who had 70 riders, logged 152,955 miles to finish first in the region. FABB's Kerie Hitt, who logged 3,722 miles during the challenge, was the top female finisher in Virginia. Liz MacGregor of FABB also finished among the top 10 women in Virginia.

The National Bike Challenge is a way to encourage more people to travel by bike. The League of American Bicyclists teamed up with Kimberly-Clark to provide tools for logging the number of miles they travel by bike, with the goal of logging 20 million miles during the challenge period. The final total was 18.4 million miles, which amounts to more than 423 million calories burned, nearly 7 million tons of CO2 that was not emitted into the atmosphere (had those trips been taken by car), and more than $2 million saved.

Thanks to FABB members who participated in the challenge. It was easy for most of us; we use our bikes for most of our local, and many of our longer trips. Nevertheless, the Challenge gave us the incentive to take even more of those trips by bike.

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Well done everyone - and Congratulations Kerie!
Go Kerie! The really cool fact is that most of your miles were on a very utilitarian hybrid bike. I like the fact that daily transportation riding can compete with weekend go-fast bikers!

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