Biking to work is faster than driving – 2017 Commuter Challenge results confirm
May 24, 2017
Victoria, BC – The results of this morning’s Commuter Challenge proved, once again, that cycling to work is often the faster choice.
Nineteen teams of motorist-versus-cyclist faced off this morning to see who could reach the finish line first. Eighteen teams started at locations throughout Greater Victoria from Brentwood Bay to Westshore Mall and made their way to Starbucks on the corner of Fort & Blanshard. One team from the Canadian Forces started their challenge in James Bay and finished at Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt.
Of the 19 registered teams, 17 cyclists beat their motorist counterparts, one team tied – with a photo finish – and one motorist won. Cyclists starting in Langford, Cordova Bay, View Royal, Saanich, Fernwood, Esquimalt and James Bay all finished faster than their motorist teammates.
The message from today’s results is clear: no matter where you live in Greater Victoria, commuting by bike is a viable and, in many cases, time saving way to get to work. Together with the health benefits, cost savings, and avoidance of traffic and parking stress we hope that today’s results convince those who are hesitant about biking to work to give it a try. Just like any new routine or habit, the first step is the biggest challenge and it only gets easier from there!
The 23rd annual Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week kicks off Monday May 29th. The Bike to Work Week event is a celebration of people cycling and a great opportunity for those new to bike commuting to try it out. Participants can visit one of 22 Celebration Stations throughout the region to enjoy food and beverages provided by the event’s sponsors. As of today, over 550 teams have registered online with many more anticipated. People can join a team, start their own, or register as a solo rider by visiting www.biketowork.ca/Victoria.
Full Commuter Challenge results: