Riding to work

I found this survey in rec.bicycles.soc dealing with riding to work. The writer
wants to get an idea of how many people ride/skate/walk to work during the month
of May. I figured it would be fun to add some unicycles to the data pool, so if
you ride your unicycle to work, as I do, you may want to fill out the survey.


>From patrick@casbs.Stanford.EDU Fri Apr 29 17:51:33 EDT 1994
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From: patrick@casbs.Stanford.EDU (Patrick Goebel) Subject: The Internet
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           / The Internet Bike-to-Work Challenge, May 1994 /

                (Walkers and skaters welcome!)

            Brought to you by ... The Global Cycling Network
                         and ... The letter "B"

[Additional copies of this article and the Commute Log/Profile form can be
obtained from cycling.org either via gopher (under the Commuting section of the
Reading Room) or via ftp/ftpmail in the files:


Please spread the word!]

Preamble (skip if in a hurry)

 Okay, so you ride your bicycle hundreds or thousands of miles over hill and
 dale on the weekends. You grind your teeth into talcum powder sweating it
 up the local "killer hill" or endure 100 degree heat over 100-mile courses
 that make your non-cycling friends wonder if all that carbo loading hasn't
 turned your brain into spaghetti. But you still find yourself playing
 bumper tag every weekday on the way to work. Something's wrong with this
 picture folks!

The Challenge

 May is traditionally designated National Bike to Work month. I challenge
 you to leave your car at home for as much of May as possible. Keep track of
 the number of days you ride, walk or skate to work and how far you travel
 round trip. (Please count only the most direct
 "cycling/walking/skating-friendly" route when tallying distance.) At the
 end of the month, your score (S) will be determined from the following
 formula: S = N * 10 + D where N is the number of days commuted by bicycle,
 foot or skates (riding/walking/skating one way counts as half a day) and D
 is the total distance commuted. (D = N * d if you have a fixed round trip
 commute distance of d miles.)

>From your score, I will estimate the reduction in atmospheric
pollutants resulting directly from your effort (and all of our efforts
collectively). You will also earn one of the following prestigious titles based
on your score:

Commute Score Honorary Title ------------- -------------- 300+ Earth Guardian
200+ Green Machine 100+ Trendsetter 50+ Air Freshener :slight_smile:

I will post the results back to the net, with a breakdown by organization, city,
region and country.

Submitting your Data

 Even if you don't care about the scoring system, I would greatly
 appreciate your keeping track of your progress and sending me your
 results. I am currently working on a Bike-to-Work Challenge in the San
 Francisco Bay area that will take place 365 days a year and will include
 monthly prizes/rewards based on one's score. Knowing some real-life
 scores will help us calibrate the prize scale so that we can approach
 potential sponsors (e.g. bike shops) with some solid data. Also, if there
 is sufficient interest, I will turn the Internet Challenge into a
 year-long affair.

 Please use the Commute Log and Profile form included below to record your
 data and send it to:


Of course, you are at liberty not to provide any of the personal profile data,
but please at least give some indication of your geographical location. Any of
the other fields you care to fill in will be very helpful with our ongoing
effort to get people out of their cars.

If your friends or colleagues don’t have e-mail access, please consider
submitting their data on their behalf. Maybe you could even designate yourself
the Challenge contact for your organization and have people submit their results
to you before sending them to cycling.org. Alternatively, commute logs and
profiles can be sent to me through one of the following channels. FAX:
415-321-1192; Phone: 415-321-2052(W), 415-854-2835(H); Snail-mail: Patrick
Goebel, 202 Junipero Serra Blvd., Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

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Day S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T Date 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17

Distance | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Day W T F S S M T W T F S S M T Date 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Distance | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

                     PARTICIPANT PROFILE

Cyclist/Walker/Skater (while commuting): Name: Address (City, State/Province,
Country): E-mail address: Profession: Gender: Age: Highest Educational Degree:
Organization Name: Description of Organization: Number of Employees: Average
Distance Bicycled/Walked/Skated per Year: Racer? Professional/Amateur/Category:
Description of Commute Route (e.g. street names):

Please describe any existing alternative commute facilities/incentive programs
at your organization (showers, secure bicycle parking, reimbursements, etc.):

      Send completed form to: commute-scores@cycling.org

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Sources of pro-Bicycle T-shirts and Bumper Stickers

 If you do accept the challenge, alert your fellow commuters! Here are two
 simple suggestions: (1) wear a "One Less Car" T-shirt while riding* and (2)
 display a pro-cycling bumper sticker on your car such as "My Other Car is a
 Bicycle". It's going to take more than a handful of anonymous bicycle
 commuters to snap the majority out of its oil-induced hypnosis, so stand up
 and be noticed.

 In the SF Bay Area, "One Less Car" T-shirts can be obtained from: Auto-Free
 Bay Area Coalition (510-849-0770) $12; Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
 (415-965-8456) $12 (same T-shirts as AFBAC). Others might try Bike Nashbar
 (1-800-NASHBAR) $17. A voice from the Great White North told me that The
 Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association of Vancouver B.C.
 has "One Less Car" stickers, T-shirts and water bottles. They can be
 reached at 604-879-2453 (879-BIKE). Of course, you can always label your
 own T-shirt. For example, check out the iron-on letters at Leewards.
 Pro-bicycle bumper stickers for your car can be obtained from the US-based
 League of American Bicyclists (LAW) (1-800-288-BIKE) for $1.50 each.
  • For a whole bunch of other such slogans, check out the Commuting section of
    the Reading Room on the VeloNet gopher (cycling.org). If you do not have
    gopher access, use ftp or ftpmail to get the file:


DISCLAIMER: The Surgeon General warns that bicycle commuting is addictive and
may be beneficial to your health.

-------------------------------------------------------------------> Patrick
Goebel | voice: (415) 321-2052 ------ __o CASBS | fax: (415) 321-1192 -------
`&lt;, 202 Junipero Serra Blvd. | ---- ()/ () Stanford, CA 94305 | High Speed
Digital Commuter