[Published June 2016]
Bike to Work Day by the numbers
This was a record-breaking year for Stanford’s Bike to Work Day. With more than 2,500 Stanford bicycle commuters and 135 pedestrians participating on May 12, Stanford saw a 17 percent increase over 2015.
The 844 bicycle commuters who reported their mileage logged a total of 7,353 miles and averaged 8.7 miles per trip. By biking instead of driving, these commuters eliminated an estimated 6,107* pounds of CO2 emissions on Bike to Work Day.
Riders and walkers stopped by one of Stanford’s 14 Energizer Stations, where they picked up snacks and free Bike to Work Day tote bags. More than 50 volunteers—many starting at 6:30 a.m.—helped to welcome and tally riders and walkers.
Riders and walkers came from as near as Palo Alto and as far as San Francisco and Sunol. Many expressed enthusiasm for their active commutes.
“I love my ride,” remarked one rider at White Plaza. “The mind doesn’t wake up without some exercise!”
“Better than driving and parking!” added another.
The Energizer Stations were co-hosted by Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Announcing National Bike Month winners
Justin Reyes, an analyst with IT services, is the winner in the 2016 Bike Safety Pledge drawing. He won a Breezer Downtown 3 bicycle donated by the Campus Bike Shop. Vivian Beebe Sana and Arianne Eslao-Farro won the Energizer Station prize drawing for walkers, winning $100 each from The Walking Company.
In addition, the “Peddlers of Preservation” (Preservation/Conservation Lab) and the “Fluffy Huskies” (Stanford Digestive Health Center) are the winners of the Department Ride drawing for a free breakfast. Thanks to Kristen St. John and Paige Le for submitting their department rides, and congratulations to all National Bike Month winners!
For questions and assistance about biking and other active commutes, please send an email to email@example.com.
* The per-mile emissions factor used for automobiles is 0.377 kg CO2/mile (or 0.831 lb. CO2/mile). This is based on an average passenger vehicle fuel economy of 23.3 miles per gallon (2012) figure from U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics