Proving again the theory that a bicyclist who commutes four miles or less in Philadelphia will generally arrive before --or within a few minutes of-- other commuters during rush hour, in the Bicycle Coalition's 6th Annual Commuter Race this morning the bicyclist was the first to arrive. The motorist followed 5 minutes later, and the transit user 10 minutes after that.
The race began at the corner of Frankford Ave and Master Street in the Kensington neighborhood at 8:00 a.m., and competitors raced to the center of Center City, 15th and Market. Pat Cunane, CEO of Advanced Sports, Inc., was the bicylist, riding his Breezer commuter bike in office clothes. Our Bike Month Coordinator, Nisha Mitchell, was the transit rider; and Jeremy Nelson, general manager of ZipCar Philly, drove a Mini Cooper convertible provided by ZipCar. Bicycle Ambassadors accompanied the bicyclist and motorist to make sure that they followed all rules of the road.
Arrival times at the finish line were:
Bicyclist: 13:20 minutes
Motorist: 19:14 minutes
SEPTA User: 24:09 minutes
Thank you to all of our contestants and sponsors! Check out additional photos here.
In other Bike Month News, the Week 2 winners of the Bike Month Commuter Challenge (and the great prizes they won) were announced today! Congrats to:
- Lieren: You have won a Planet Bike Cascadia Fender courtesy of EMS and a Bicycle Jersey courtesy of Bucks County Bicycles.
- Sally: REI Seatbag with patch kit and tire levers courtesy of REI.
- Icelello: Winner of Fruit and Veggie take home case courtesy of The Fruit Guys.
- Team Septa: Winners of Aluminum Water Bottles courtesy of Zipcar and I Bike PHL T-shirts courtesy of the Bicycle Coalition.
Commuter Cost Analysis
SEPTA: $4.00 (or $2.90 with two tokens)
*Parking $15.50 (rate at 1300 Market Street garage) plus $4.16 mileage (based on AAA estimated costs of $.52 per mile)
(According to AAA, the average cost of owning and maintaining a new car is $7,823 per year plus $3,120 in parking (based on a monthly rate at 1300 Market Street garage).)
($78 per month for a city Transpass)
($500 every four years for a new bike plus annual maintenance of $135)