MIT Lincoln Laboratory bicyclists win 2010 Mass Commuter Challenge

Bicycle commuters from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, competing in the category for businesses or institutions employing 3000 to 5000 people, pedaled their way to a first-place trophy in the 2010 Bay State Bike Week Mass Commuter Challenge. The 148 Laboratory cyclists chalked up 7412 miles during the weeklong challenge held during Bike Week, 17 to 21 May. This total also earned the Laboratory team second place statewide, outdistanced only by Massachusetts General Hospital, which has more than 10,000 employees.

Photo of participants in the Bike-to-Work challengeMembers of Lincoln Laboratory's Bike-to-Work team took first-place in their division in the annual Mass Commuter Challenge.

To celebrate National Bike Month, Massachusetts residents were challenged by MassCommute, a group of Transportation Management Associations, to ride their bikes for a week for all or part of their trips to work, shopping, or social activities. Businesses and institutions participated by registering teams. When individuals registered, their pledged miles were credited to their employers.

At the Mass Commuter Challenge wrap-up event held on 26 May in Cambridge, the Lincoln Laboratory team received a first-place trophy and award certificate. This was the Laboratory's third year participating in the Challenge. In 2008, Lincoln Laboratory won the first-place award in the category for companies with 1501 to 3000 employees. In 2010, Lincoln Laboratory moved to a more competitive category for larger businesses and institutions, and again won a first-place award.

According to Jeff Roth, one of the Laboratory's Bay State Bike Week volunteers, "This award is a testimony to the Laboratory's strong support for bicycle commuting. For example, the Laboratory campus has a bicycle-friendly infrastructure with covered bicycle parking, shower facilities, and a bike-repair stand. Our statewide ranking, which surpassed many distinguished health-care institutions, also suggests that Lincoln is doing a good job at meeting health and wellness objectives for employees." Lincoln Laboratory is also conveniently located less than one mile from the Minuteman Bikeway, a popular trail that accesses several nearby communities and is used heavily by bicycle commuters.

The Mass Commuter Challenge, a large statewide event with high visibility, helps MassCommute promote commuter and recreational bicycling. MassCommute is working to improve commuting conditions across the state. It encourages bicycle commuting because cycling reduces traffic congestion, improves energy independence and air quality, fosters health and wellness, and helps alleviate commuting stresses.

Posted August 2010

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