This summer Trek’s Human Resources Department issued a challenge to all U.S.-based Trek employees: leave the car in the driveway and ride your bike instead. Called the “Go By Bike Challenge,” the summer-long, Memorial Day to Labor Day event challenged Trek employees to ride their bike to work, to the market, to lunch, to the playground with the kids, or even to church on Sunday. Anywhere you’d normally drive your car, “Go By Bike” instead. Participating employees then earned “Go By Bike” points for both the miles they rode and the number of trips they took; one point for every mile ridden; five points for every trip. To spice things up with a little friendly competition, participants were divided into 15 teams, with team captains choosing members through a “draft” held in Trek’s Atrium—the draft designed to help keep the playing field as level as possible.
Last night, “Go By Bike Challenge” participants and winners were honored at a local Sun Prairie pub. The team captained by Trek’s Manufacturing Manager Tony Smook took top honors with 22,024 points, while Gary Fisher Graphics Designer Jesse Lalonde won the individual contest, racking up an impressive 3,728 points. All told, 190 Trek employees rode 100,437 miles, made 15,159 trips that otherwise would have been made by car, and saved approximately 4,670 gallons of fuel, amounting to roughly 91,999 pounds of CO2. The Human Resources Department has already set a company goal of 200,000 miles next year.
“Prior to the ‘Challenge’ I was commuting to work three days a week on average and I was almost never using my bike to run errands at home,” said Trek’s Supply Chain Ninja and winning-team member, Neil Purisch. “During the ‘Challenge’ I biked to work every day and I started using my bike to go to the grocery store, to soccer practice, and even to drop my kids off at their various activities. The competitive aspect of the ‘Challenge’ definitely pushed me to bike more than I normally would and I look forward to trying to win it again next year.”