The first Massachusetts employer-based Bike to Work Day (BTWD), held on Friday, May 18th, was a success. The event, organized by MassRIDES, included 72 employer partners that celebrated biking as a fun, healthy, and safe way to commute to work. Forty-two percent of participants biked to work for the first time on BTWD with an average trip distance of five and a half miles.
Across Massachusetts there were 620 fewer car trips, 3,327 reduced vehicle miles traveled, 2,904 pounds of reduced total emissions, and $1,813 in expenses saved. Employees of participating MassRIDES’ employer partners took 89 fewer car trips, commuted an average of 6.38 miles, and reduced a total of 505 pounds of emissions. The number of people who biked to work for the first time was especially impressive. Almost half of the MassRIDES partner trips were recorded for the first time in Bay State Commute, and of those commuters, 22 percent previously drove alone.
In tandem with BTWD, many employers hosted a bike-related Try It Day. Try It Days are MassRIDES’ supported events that encourage and reward participants who commute to work using green transportation and this particular day, May 18th, encouraged participation from novice to advanced cyclists. Additionally, employees of participating MassRIDES partner companies who logged their bike trips in MassRIDES’ commuter dashboard, Bay State Commute, were automatically entered to win one of twelve prize packs. Prizes consisted of REI gift cards, helmet and handlebar mirrors, bike computers, bike fenders, and more.
To top off the event, MassDOT hosted a bike breakfast in honor of BTWD. Snacks and bike safety items were available to all MassDOT employees who participated in the morning’s bicycle commute. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack even arrived via bike!
“We commend all of those who chose to forgo single occupancy vehicle travel and opted to bike to work instead. Your contribution to reducing carbon emissions is admirable and we hope that you continue to choose a path of green commuting,” stated MassRIDES Program Director Diane Hanson.
We echo her words and MassRIDES and MassDOT hope that you will continue to bike to work or opt for other modes of green transportation.