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.