2009 MassCommute Challenge ParticipantsMassCommuters from last year's challenge. Organizers are hoping for 175,000 miles to be pledged this year.
By Maxwell M. Addington
Photo courtesy of MassCommute
Massachusetts’s commuters are teaming up with MassCommute, the state council of transportation management associations, to make Bay State streets cleaner, calmer, happier and more accessible with the 2010 MassCommuter Challenge.
Coinciding with the state’s bike week, MassCommute is encouraging people who live, work or go to school in Massachusetts to incorporate cycling in their daily commute from May 17-21.
But to spice things up a bit, MassCommute wants Bay Staters to register as individuals or as part of a team organization and pledge the number of miles they will ride. Then, each team will be compared to similarly sized organizations.
At time of posting, over 2,300 participants on 225 teams have pledged to ride 140,777 miles (226,559 km). Event planners had hoped for 125,000 miles (201,168 km), but upped that target to 175,000 miles (281,635 km) after their first goal was exceeded before bike week had even begun.
Up-to-date statistics are published here, including the number of registrants, pledged mileage,a leader board for teams and more.
On top of the week of positive contributions to the physical and social environments, a “Bike Bash” at Flat Top Johnny’s Bar and Grill in Cambridge, M.A. is scheduled for May 26. There will be a raffle including prizes that MassCommute says “you won’t want to miss,” from sponsors such as Momentum.
MassCommute says focus is being directed towards giving real numbers to the amount of people who ride bicycles in Massachusetts, because with such high numbers, MassCommute has the capacity to help the state create lasting improvements to cycling infrastructure.
Register as a participant here.
To check out other ways Massachusetts transportation management associations are working towards reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality, visit the MassCommute website.