Federal Green Challenge
Federal Bike to Work Month Challenge
Who: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Region 10 have used month-long bike commute campaigns through the Cascade Bicycle Club (Seattle, WA) and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Portland, OR) to increase bicycle commuting among federal employees. Free web-based tracking and networking services offered by these campaigns have been used as tools to engage and connect federal employees who are interested in trying or increasing bicycle commuting.
Where: In 2013 we saw expansion in many cities such as Seattle, Washington DC, Anchorage, and Philadelphia. We hope to see federal workers in new cities join us in this national challenge in 2014.
Background: In May 2012, the first Northwest Federal Challenge connected multiple agencies for bicycle commuting during National Bike to Work Month. This challenge connected 522 federal riders from more than 20 agencies, two government branches, and four states. Federal bicycle champions logged 65,274 miles by commuting to and from work, equating to 63,968 pounds of CO2 reduced and over 3 million calories burned. Similar results were next achieved through a Portland, Oregon based federal challenge in September 2012. Challenges have proven to be a successful strategy to increase ridership, identify and bolster bike commuting leaders, build networks, and increase learning within and across organizations.
What happened in 2013: The recent May Federal Bike to Work Month Challenge was a big success with the help of many captains, agencies, as well as Jonathan Powers and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. This year's competition expanded into multiple cities across the country, including DC. In total, over 2,100 federal employees logged over 240,000 miles during 20,000 biking trips back and forth to work. This is equivalent to saving roughly 240,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, as well as 8.6 million calories burned! Particular congratulations go to Bike-to-Work awards winners. The Department of Interior (DOI) took awards for "Most New Riders" and "Most Overall Riders for an Organization" with over 662 active team riders, 162 of them new to bike commuting; DOI eclipsed any other federal agency in overall participation. The Northwest planning team looks ahead towards an even better 2014 challenge.
See the 2013 Federal Team Results (XLSX) (11 pp, 41K
Relevance to Executive Order 13514: Bicycle commuting reduces “Scope 3” greenhouse gas emissions generated by employee commuting.
Learn more about the Federal Bike to Work Month Challenge (PDF) (30 pp, 3.0M).