After pedaling across the finish line of Biketober, Atlanta’s Annual Bike Challenge, you might be wondering where our collective two-wheeled endeavors took us.
From the BeltLine to Path400, bike lanes to cul-de-sacs, Biketober results exceeded expectations. Participation in this year’s challenge increased 31 percent, with a total of 1,762 riders. These riders logged nearly 30,000 trips during the challenge – a 49 percent increase from the previous year.
In addition to enjoying a less stressful commute, participants in Biketober helped reduce congestion and emissions across the region, something we all stand to benefit from. We also awarded more than 20 prizes to participants! Take a look at everything riders won this year:
$600 towards a bike or bike gear from a bike shop of your choice
Winner: Currie Cole Smith - Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. - Team Kimley-Horn
$500 towards a bike of your choice
Winner: Joseph Gardner –The Biking Dead
Uuni Pizza Oven
Winner: Tom Rasmussen – Bikefriendlyatl
$100 gift card for Vespertine NYC apparel
Winner: Tim Ehlbeck – Team Daimler Bikers North America
2 x T2 Helmet from Torch
Winner: Daniel Pastrich – Team Monkey Business
Winner: Candice Thiessen
Men's or Women's apparel set from Patagonia
Winner: Sean Sanders - Morgan Stanley – Atlanta
Winner: Alice Grossman - Georgia Tech CEE Transpo
Two tickets to ANY show at Dad's Garage
Winner: Linda Rathje – Team Stevens & Wilkinson
Two tickets to Mission: Escape Atlanta
Winner: Robyn Stoddard - high consequence commuters
Gift Card to the new Georgia Beer Garden
Winner: Nathan Woodruff - Council of State and Territorial – Epidemiologists
4 x $25 gift cards from Midway Pub
Winner: Alex Fite Wassilak - TSW Planners
Winner: Dave G - Manifest Speed
Winner: Kat Meagley - Just Keep Spinning
Winner: Scott Palmer - Bike Roswell! Board 2017
Passes to Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym
Winner: Angela Speeth - Lord Aeck Sargent-1
4 x Free Flight Coupons to the new Monday Night Brewing Garage
Winner: Sarah Kuester - CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Winner: Aung Aung - Georgia State University - Adair Park
Winner: Yeou Jih - City of Atlanta Resilient - Road Warriors
Winner: Yolonda Freeman - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
4 x all-inclusive tickets to any Family Series Show at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Winner: Joel Webber - FullStorians
Winner: Jeevan Kumar Makam - RCEC team
Winner: Christian DiCenso - Delta Air Lines Cycling Club
Winner: Tenisio Seanima - For Alice
1 x free week (5 days Monday through Friday) of Good Measure Meals (valued at $120.00)
Winner: Pearl Caplan - CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Southwest Airlines Certificates (valued at $150.00 each)
Winner: Jennifer Leavey - Georgia Tech Sci Riders
Many thanks go to our generous sponsors for enlivening the competition by making these prizes possible. And to all who participated, thank you for making Biketober 2017 a huge success. We hope you all join us again next year!
- The Georgia Commute Options Team
With additional shoppers on the road, commuting around the holidays can be tough. To make your commute easier during the busy shopping season and beyond, you can try an alternative commute like carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit or biking. If you are indeed thinking about making the switch to a new form of commuting, or you’re looking for a holiday gift for your favorite commuter, check out these suggestions for “must have” commute accessories to add to your wish list this holiday season:
- Noise cancelling, Bluetooth Headphones or earbuds – Listening to music, a podcast or audio book is one of the best ways to unwind before the day starts. Cutting out the chords gives you more freedom and flexibility.
- Tablet, e-reader or book – Many avid readers find their commutes among the best times to squeeze in a few pages. Think of all the reading you can get done while your friends are white knuckling their commutes.
- Backpack, messenger bag or laptop bag – Having a productive commute means bringing your work with you. Stay organized and mobile with a new bag this year.
- Portable batteries/Power Bank – Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a playlist with most of your commute to go and your phone dies. It’s always good to have a backup for those times you can’t plug in.
- Water bottle or travel mug – Whether your choice is water or coffee – we all have to stay hydrated (and awake), right?
- Compact umbrella – The weather can be sporadic this time of year. So having a lightweight umbrella on-hand at all times is essential.
- Waterproof Phone Case: Always being on the go can be tough on those essential accessories. Keep your phone protected with a durable, waterproof case (it’s just one less thing to stress about).
Of course, the best gift of all is a new stress-free commute. Check out all your clean commute options at www.GAcommuteoptions.com.