Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Commuter Race Results Are In...And The Bicyclist Wins!

In addition to being an affordable, healthy, sustainable, and fun method of commuting to work, Philadelphia learned today that bicycling is one of the fastest ways to get around our city!

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.
ALL RIDERS in the Commuter Challenge are entered into in the Individual Competition and are eligible for raffle prizes. It's not to late to sign-up, start riding, and win the some great end-of-the-month prizes, including a Breezer Ziggy Folding-Bike!

Commuter Cost Analysis

Daily Cost
Bicycle: $0.00
SEPTA: $4.00 (or $2.90 with two tokens)
Car: $19.66*
*Parking $15.50 (rate at 1300 Market Street garage) plus $4.16 mileage (based on AAA estimated costs of $.52 per mile)

Yearly Cost

Car: $10,943
(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).)
SEPTA: $936
($78 per month for a city Transpass)
Bicycle: $260
($500 every four years for a new bike plus annual maintenance of $135)


liz said...

Great post! I love riding my bike to work... fast, cheap and breezy. Also wanted to say thanks for the pretzels and info at the rest stop on Friday!

Eric said...

I caught this on tv last night. I'm glad the bike won.

Andrew J. Besold said...
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Andrew J. Besold said...

I like Pat from ASI (I've met him several times and you guys too at BCGP) but he's sweating like a dog after the race. That obvious detail totally kills the argument that bikes are an effective transportation tool to get to work. I can just imagine what lay people are thinking when they see Pat all sweaty like that.

Plus, at just about 3 miles from the corner of Frankford and Master to City Hall, Pat must have been hauling to make it there in 13:20. This is why I say its important to have two riders. A fast rider (that still follows all traffic laws, BTW) and a slow, casual rider going at a relaxed 10 to 12mph. Google bike directions, that uses a 10mph riding speed in its calculations, still predicts the ride time at only 19 minutes.

Also, next time make the driver (and cyclists) find and pay for parking. That should add a good 10 to 15 minutes for the driver and is much more realistic.

Unknown said...

Same thing in Vancouver, BC. Bikes were the fastest, then cars and in dead last was transit.

(oh, and as a Montreal Canadiens fan, congrats to your Flyers)