Skidmore Defends SteerHead Title in 2013 Bike to Work Day Challenge

2013groupshotblogSkidmore College successfully defended their title as SteerHead Trophy Champions in this year’s Bike to Work Day Challenge. The challenge, organized by Bikeatoga, encourages individuals and organizations around Saratoga Springs to bike to work as a way to promote bicycling as a safe, alternative, and sustainable commuting option.

The College had a total of 30 riders bike into work on May 17th, earning them the SteerHead Trophy for a second year in a row, an award given for having the most riders of any participating organization. Ballston Spa High School followed closely with 26 riders while Quad Graphic came in at third with 21 riders.

Overall, the 2013 Bike to Work Day Challenge was very successful. A total of 287 riders registered for the challenge, biking a total of 3,267 miles, over 500 miles from last year’s total. According to Bikeatoga, the event saved 127 gallons of gasoline and prevented over 1 metric ton of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

The SteerHead trophy is only one of several trophies offered by Bikeatoga. Others include the GearHead Trophy and Chrome Crank Trophy, which award organizations for having highest percentage of employee participation in the Bike to Work Day Challenge. Bikeatoga also recognizes the individual with the longest commute, an accolade that went to Josh Mock of Serotta who rode 71.73 miles.

Skidmore was very excited support Bikeatoga in this event. The group, which is entirely volunteer-based, has been extremely supportive throughout the year in helping students repair bicycles used in the Skidmore ThoroughTreads Bike Share Program. Bikeatoga donated over 10 bicycles to support a successful re-launch of the bike share program this past spring, many of which are being used daily on campus and in Saratoga Springs.

Bikeatoga offers free bike workshops to community members every Thursday and Saturday in Saratoga Springs. These workshops provide community members with the opportunity to repair their own bicycles for free, or individuals can donate time and earn a free bicycle for themselves in the Earn-a-Bike Program. For more information about Bikeatoga and to learn how to get involved, please click here.

The Saratoga Wire also covered Skidmore’s participation in the Bike to Work Day Challenge, which can be read here.

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