Neighborhoods Go for the Gold in the Walk Bike Ride Challenge!

While the Olympics have started in London, we’ve got a competition heating up the streets of Seattle. The July and August Walk Bike Ride Challenge is underway and we’d like to instill some friendly competition among Seattle’s neighborhoods. The Walk Bike Ride Challenges encourages individual residents to switch trips to walking, biking, and riding transit this summer for the chance to win some great prizes. Let’s take a look at the results so far:

                                              Miles Saved by Neighborhood

 Since the beginning of the month, Ballard has taken the lead by switching 495 miles of car trips to walking, biking or transit followed by West Seattle with 221 miles and Capitol Hill 135 miles. Overall, 2,255 total miles have been saved and for most of you, traveling by bike has been the best way to get around with busing and walking taking the silver and bronze.

We’ve done a little number crunching, and by switching trips to walking, biking, and transit; you’ve saved 114.25 gallons of gas – that’s equal to $398 at 3.49 per gallon and approximately one ton of reduced CO2emissions!  Total gas savings for all participants (in these neighborhoods plus other locations) is 1,900 gallons of gas. Way to go, Seattle! 

You can still enter this challenge and help push your neighborhood over the top.  If you do you’ll earn chances to win some great prizes such as an electric bike or hotel stay. Stay tuned for another update in the next few weeks.


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  1. Matt the Engineer says

    I think you need to crunch the numbers a bit harder. 2,255 miles only equals 1,900 gallons of gas if your car gets just over 1 mpg! Am I missing something?

    • pegNielsen says

      Matt –
      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. You are correct – the gallons of gas saved was incorrectly reported in the July 27 SDOT Blog post. The Walk Bike Ride Challenge is open to Seattle residents as well as to anyone who commutes to or from Seattle. For the blog post, we pulled mileage information (2,285 miles) for Seattle residents who identified their neighborhood location when they signed up.

      The gallons of gas saved (1,900 gallons) we reported was total gallons saved by all participants We should have reported the gallons of gas saved by Seattle neighborhood residents and this was an oversight on our part. Assuming an average of 20 miles per gallon, residents in the identified neighborhoods saved 114.25 gallons.

      Again, we apologize for the confusion and thank you for bringing it to our attention!

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