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 Release Date: June 23, 2014
 
Bike to Work Week Winners Recognized - 
Effort to Get More People on Bicycles Continues to Grow
  

 Bike to Work Week - May 12-16, 2014

  

Freddie Mercury and the legendary band Queen said it best when they wrote the lyrics to the song Bicycle Race. "Bicycle bicycle bicycle - I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle".

In year two of the Piqua Bike to Work Week businesses, citizens, and students took a ride on their bicycle, to and from work and school, during lunch breaks and physical education class periods, and in the evenings with friends and family. Overall 247 persons participated in the 2014 edition of Piqua's Bike to Work Week, riding their bicycles a collective total of 2,113.16 miles. Compare those figures to the 2013 final statistics and participation in the 2014 event was up a whopping 607% and total miles increased by 285%. The result of these efforts includes an estimated savings of 104.61 gallons of fuel at a total cost of $382.25, and an additional 89,175 calories burned as compared to if the same miles had been traveled in a car.

Peer group participation categories, including Large Entity, Small Entity, Sole Entity, and Student Entity, encouraged a little friendly competition to see which group could ride the most miles. Representatives from Hartzell Propeller, Piqua Family Practice, Treon's Barber & Styling, and Bennett Intermediate School led the way in the four categories, earning the right display the highly coveted Silver Pedal Award at their place of business until the return of the event next year. Washington Intermediate School and Bennett Intermediate School students also got in on the action by creating posters that were displayed at the Municipal Government Complex, the Piqua Public Library, and the Miami Valley Center Mall to advertise the event to the public. With eleven entities represented this year and an additional twelve businesses supporting the event by offering special coupons available only to Bike to Work Week participants, it is safe to say the 2014 edition of the Piqua Bike to Work Week was a success!.

As a friendly competition designed to promote bicycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative, the Piqua Bike to Work Week event aims quite simply to get more people out enjoying the benefits of bicycling. Or, as Freddie Mercury and company sang, "I want to ride my bicycle - I want to ride it where I like".

For more information about the event and a summary of the 2013 and 2014 results please visit the Active Living in Piqua webpage at http://www.piquaoh.org/feature_active_living_in_piqua.htm

The Bike to Work Week event is organized and coordinated by a sub-committee of the Active Living Advisory Council and includes citizen volunteers and community leaders who believe in the benefits of encouraging bicycling as an alternative form of transportation and part of a healthy lifestyle.

   
 
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