Bay Village tops region in 2013 National Bike Challenge

Bay Village has earned another No. 1 ranking in northeast Ohio! This time, it was in the 2013 National Bike Challenge. Of the 64 communities participating in Northeast Ohio, Bay Village scored the most points, earning it the top spot in our region. This was a result of 27 Bay Village participants logging 27,685 miles during the five-month challenge! 

Transport miles accounted for 51 percent of the total miles. Recreation miles accounted for 48 percent of the total miles and mountain biking miles accounted for 1 percent of the total miles. When compared to driving an automobile, this reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 13,000 pounds and saved riders a combined total of $4,098. 

Here is how the National Bike Challenge works. Every year, participants around the country, and around our region, log biked trips and miles onto the challenge website between May 1 and Sept. 31. Points are earned based on the frequency of bike trips, as well as the number of miles traveled. Each community’s points equal the sum of all participating residents’ points. 

This year’s challenge only recorded miles traveled by 27 Bay Village cyclists, but many more residents biked without recording miles. 

Contact if you are interested in joining the 2014 National Bike Challenge. It is free and open to all ages. Every mile counts!

Patrick McGannon

Patrick McGannon has been a Bay Village resident for most of the past 33 years, is a board member of the Village Bicycle Cooperative, is an active member of the Bay Village Green Team, and is an avid road cyclist certified in traffic safety skills.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.29.2013