From May 1 to September 30th, staff at OZ participated in the 2013 National Bike Challenge. The National Bike Challenge is a fun and free program to help people all across the US improve their health, save on transportation, and protect the environment. The challenge allows individuals and companies to compete at a local, state, and national level by tracking miles for both bicycle commuting and sport.
Over the 4 month period, OZ staff tracked their commutes to the office and cycling for sport activities. A total of 24 staff participated in the competition logging a total of 10,165 miles during the challenge. Locally, OZ placed 11th out of 95 Colorado teams and placed 335 out of 2,059 national teams. The OZ team saved over 5,810 pounds of CO2 and burned 18,066 calories total. Of the miles tracked, 63% were for commuting, 31% for road cycling, and 6% were for mountain biking.
OZ is happy with the results, and the staff really enjoying changing up their daily commute during the challenge. Sean Darnell said, “I ride my bike to work often, and participating in the national bike challenge allowed me to keep close track of my miles and complete with other firms throughout the Denver area. It also showed others that biking to work is an easy and fun option.”