Weiss placed 19th in the Active Transportation Alliance
’s Bike Commuter Challenge. The hospital made the top 20 out of 53 teams in the division of Business & Non-profits—500+ employees. The Challenge took place over one week, from June 9 to 15, or Bike to Work Week. Of the 24 people who signed up on Weiss’ team, 19 logged commutes.
“We should all be proud of such a solid finish in this, our first year of participation in this annual event. Your efforts have kept the Vanguard Weiss name in the upper ranks of the standings all week long,” writes Team Captain Mike Sinner in an email to participants.
To encourage bikers throughout the week, Active Trans set up pit stops at selected locations across the metro area. The week culminated in the Bike to Work Rally at Daley Center on Friday morning, June 15, and featured free T-shirts, snacks and other give-aways. The Challenge ranked teams based on the percentage of total employees who commuted to work by bicycle at least once during the week. Even a partial commute qualified. For example, if a participant biked to the train station and then took the train the rest of the way to work, or if a participant drove to any point on the Lakefront Trail with her bike in her vehicle, and then parked there and bicycled the rest of the way to work.
Amy Norwich rides her bike along the lakeshore path to work in Weiss’ new Center for Radiation Oncology. "I'd recommend biking to work to anyone, especially if they can hop on the lake path," she says.
Norwich is not alone in that thought. Out of 53 logged commutes, Weiss completed 533.35 miles. Meanwhile, Orbitz took first place with 933.5 total miles and 384 logged commutes among 130 commuters. The Field Museum came in second with 2,948 miles and 229 logged commutes among 77 commuters. And in third place was Groupon, with 6,010 miles and 783 commutes from 317 commuters.
“By fielding a team this year, we have helped to advocate for bicycling as a healthy, environmentally responsible and affordable means of transportation (and a fine antidote for traffic congestion),” writes Sinner.
See the rankings and learn more about the Challenge.