One of the best perks of our Bike To Work Week is the incredible support we get from our local coffee houses. All week long, commuter cyclists can enjoy a free cup of coffee just by presenting your helmet at one of the participating coffee houses. Bike To Coffee is a great benefit, and makes this event unique among other national Bike To Work Week events. Bike To Coffee isn’t just one day and at just one station; it’s all week and throughout several locations in the area. Be sure to thank the coffee houses and their staff for supporting Bike To Work Week.
My favorite activity during Bike To Work Week is the Tour de Java. We try to bike to as many coffee houses in La Crosse as we can before we get to the office. Join us at the start, or at any “tour stage”, and leave at any time to accommodate your work schedule. I recommend you bring along a resealable travel mug or tumbler to make it easier to go from place to place. The schedule below is ETA of our locations so you can join us there if you can’t make the start. You may also call the DRBC phone, 715-586-1736, for current location.
|0545 AM – 0600 AM||Moka on West Ave|
|0630 AM||Bean Juice|
|0800 AM||Grounded Specialty|
|0830 AM||Root Note|
|0900 AM||River Rocks|
|1130 AM – 1230 PM||People’s Food Coop (Lunch Meeting & Coffee)|
If you cannot make any of the morning stages, ride over to the People’s Food Coop, grab some lunch and coffee, and meet some other commuters.
This year, you’ll be logging your bicycle trips on the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Challenge. If you’ve already signed up for the National Bike Challenge, you don’t need to do anything more than just continue recording your bicycle trips. If you need to get started, just follow the step-by-step instructions in this post by our current DRBC president, Michael Baker.
You can optionally create teams of neighbors, friends, and co-workers for some friendly competition. You’re not limited to just recording your commute to work, so feel free to record any bicycling trip that you would normally make by another mode of transportation.
Those organizations and businesses that are competing for the ‘Coveted Golden Helmet Award’ need to setup their teams, as well as let us know how many employees belong to your organization or business. You’ll have until noon on Friday, May 16th to record your trips so that we’ll have enough time to gather data, and determine the winners in time to be announced for our Final Celebration at Cameron Park.
The National Bike Challenge runs May 1 to September 30. If you wish, you can continue logging your bicycle trips even after the DRBC Bike To Work Week is over.
Throughout the winter, the DRBC Bike To Work Week Committee have been meeting and planning on several fun and educational events and rides for this year’s Bike To Work Week. We’re still finalizing the activities, and we’ll post the complete list of events here within the next few weeks.
For now, mark your calendars, tune your bikes, inform your family, friends, and co-workers, and get ready for another exciting Bike To Work Week.
Miles biked : 2984
Workplaces Represented : 14
Participating Riders : 83
Thank you to all the Bike To Worship and Bike To Work Week participants who logged their trips this year, even if your company wasn’t competing for any of the BTWW Coveted Golden Awards. The 2013 winners of Coveted Golden Helmet Award winners are:
Bike To Worship – Great River Vineyard Church captured the top spot this year with 21.7% participation, followed by Unitarian Universalist, La Crosse(17.4%), and Viroqua Church of Christ(13.2)%.
Most Participants – With 18 participants, Onalaska School District topped last year’s leader, Trane(14), this year. SAP, also with 14 participants, but with less mileage, came in 3rd.
Highest Percentage of Participants with over 100 employees – For the 6th straight year, SAP earned another Golden Helmet award for 10% participation. Onalaska School District came in 2nd with 5% participation, and Dairyland Power Cooperative came in 3rd with 3% participation.
Highest Percentage of Participants with 100 employees or less – Blue Heron Bicycles again came at the top with 100% participation and 114 total miles.
Most Miles – Trane again was the leader this year with 776 total miles, and then runners up Onalaska School District with 686 total miles, and Dairyland Power Cooperative with 254 total miles.
The final results of other participants can be viewed below at the end of this post.
Bike To Work Week has ended, but hopefully it will continue throughout the year for your company. If you would like to have your company participate and be more competitive next year, now is the time to start thinking and preparing your workplace to build a better bicycle culture. Contact the DRBC with help on getting ideas to make your workplace a more bicycle friendly business.
Do you have any ideas on how to improve our mileage tracker, or the awards categories. Please leave a comment below. We also invite you to help with next year’s Bike To Work Week.
### Final Results ###
Bike To Worship
|Great River Vineyard Church (1st place)||
|Unitarian Universalist, La Crosse||
|Viroqua church of Christ||
|First Presbyterian Church of La Crosse||
|Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Tomah||
|English Lutheran Church||
Miles Per Company
|Onalaska School District||686|
|Dairyland Power Cooperative||254|
|LB White Company, Inc.||194|
|Gundersen Health Systems||189|
|Blue Heron Bicycle Works||114|
|People’s Food Co-op||60|
|City of Onalaska||34|
|La Crosse School District||23|
|La Crosse County Library||12|
Participants Per Company
|Onalaska School District||18|
|Gundersen Health Systems||11|
|Dairyland Power Cooperative||9|
|LB White Company, Inc.||2|
|La Crosse County Library||1|
|City of Onalaska||1|
|Blue Heron Bicycle Works||1|
|People’s Food Co-op||1|
|La Crosse School District||1|
Are you a morning person? Do you like bicycling? Do you like coffee? I mean lots of coffee? If you said yes to all of the above questions, then we want you to be part of the Tour de Java ride.
Although it’s not an official Bike-To-Work-Week event, it does take advantage of the great free coffee that’s provided by our wonderful BTWW coffeehouse sponsors.
The tour started about four years ago by a couple downtown bike commuters who wanted to have some extra fun during BTWW, and they would now like more cyclists to join them this year. The ride is simple: ride to a coffeehouse, have a cup of coffee, enjoy some conversation, ride to the next coffeehouse together.
Below is the schedule of stops they plan to make…join them at the beginning, or hop in at any of the stages; leave for work whenever you need to. Some helpful advice – bring your own travel mug which you can easily carry between stops.
Thu Morning Stages:
- Moka on West Ave – 5:30 AM – 5:50 AM
- Jade Café – 6:00 AM
- Bean Juice – 6:30 AM
- McCaffrey’s Coffee – 7:00 AM
- The Root Note – 7:30 AM
- Jules – 8:00 AM
- River Rock Coffee – 8:30 AM
If you can’t join their tour, just do your own tour with some of your neighbors, friends, or coworkers. Be sure to do it before the end of BTWW this Friday, and please thank the coffeehouses for their support of Bike To Work Week.
An eventful day is planned for Wednesday Bike-To-Work-Week so be sure to get some rest tonight so you can join us at the La Crosse YMCA commuter station in the morning, and then after work, have some fun riding in our casual group rides in La Crosse and Onalaska. At either event, you’ll have a chance to make some new friends, or reconnect with some old ones.
For kids, ride to school on the La Crescent Bike Train with host Mayor Mike Mike Poellinger. And for Holmen kids, please attend the Bike Rodeo at Viking Elementary School.
At the DRBC, our favorite time of the year is Bike To Work Week. Through out the winter, we plan and schedule events with the goal of getting more people, organizations, businesses, and communities involved. During that week, we encourage people to ride their bikes to work and register their mileage, and to participate with their families and friends in various bicycle rodeos and group rides.
Bicycle rodeos are fun events to teach children to ride safely, and our group rides are casual neighborhood rides, both of which are a great way to meet others in our cycling community. Even if you can’t make any of the group rides, we encourage you to get a group of your friends, neighbors, or co-workers to do your own ride together to work, or your favorite social establishment and discover how fun it can be.
Miles biked : 6093
Workplaces Represented : 18
Participating Riders : 169
Thank you to all the participants who logged their commute miles even if their company was not competing. The 2012 Bike To Work Week Coveted Golden Helmet Awards are:
Bike To Worship Golden Helmet was awarded again to First Presbyterian
Most Participants – Trane Co. won their 3rd straight Golden Helmet with 39 participants and 1703 miles. Gundersen Lutheran, the runner-up, had 31 participants and 779 miles.
Highest Percentage of Participants with over 100 employees – For the 5th straight year, SAP earned another Golden Helmet award for 12% participation and 511 miles. Onalaska School District, the runner-up, had a strong showing of 6% participation and 751 miles.
Highest Percentage of Participants with 100 employees or less – a new recipient this year is Blue Heron Bicycle Works with 100% participation and 84 miles. The final results of other competitors can be view at the end of this post.
If you want your workplace to compete for next year’s BTWW Golden Helmet Awards, now is the time to start preparing. You can consult the DRBC for ideas and resources on how to make your workplace more bicycle friendly, or you can also view the resources at the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business page. Then brainstorm and discuss ideas with your staff on leadership, incentives and facilities to implement which would encourage more of your staff to bike commute to work. Building your workplace bike commuting culture throughout the year ensures that next year’s DRBC Bike To Work Week is just another regular bike to work week.
### Final Results ###
Miles Per Company:
|Onalaska School District||775|
|Dairyland Power Cooperative||597|
|La Crosse School District||464|
|Western Technical College||368|
|LB White Company, Inc.||270|
|People’s Food Co-op||155|
|Blue Heron Bicycle Works||84|
|W.A. Roosevelt Co.||48|
|City of Onalaska||28|
|Orange Computer Solutions||10|
|7 Rivers Alliance||9|
|La Crosse County||4|
Particpants Per Company:
|Onalaska School District||25|
|Dairyland Power Cooperative||14|
|La Crosse School District||10|
|Western Technical College||8|
|‘No Company Specified’||6|
|People’s Food Co-op||3|
|LB White Company, Inc.||3|
|Blue Heron Bicycle Works||2|
|City of Onalaska||2|
|Orange Computer Solutions||1|
|7 Rivers Alliance||1|
|La Crosse County||1|
|W.A. Roosevelt Co.||1|
Great job bike commuters, there are over 100 Driftless Region Bike To Work Week commuters logging their commute miles on the DRBC mileage tracker, totaling over 2000 miles to date. If you have not yet logged your BTWW miles, log them here. Logging your miles, no matter how small, contributes to the total Bike To Work Week mileage and lets local people, governments, businesses, and organizations realize how bike commuters impact the region.
This is our 5th year awarding the ‘Coveted’ Golden Helmet Awards, comprising of four categories: 1) Bike To Worship – highest participation, 2) Most Participants, 3) Highest % Participants with companies over 100 employees, 4) Highest % Participants with companies 100 employees or less. The tie-breaker in all categories is total mileage. It’s still not too late for your company to participate! For example, if you have 101 employees in your company, and 1/2 of them rode their bikes to work, and logged their mileage on Fri., before 5 PM, your company would most likely win a ‘Coveted’ Golden Helmet Award. It’s a good thing your company still has three days remaining to pull off an upset of the perennial ‘Coveted’ Golden Helmet Award Winners: SAP, Trane, and Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. Look at the leaderboards below and see if you can motivate more of your colleagues to ride their bike to work.
Total miles recorded per company:
|Western Technical College||214|
|La Crosse School District||134|
|LB White Company, Inc.||123|
|Onalaska School District||113|
|Dairyland Power Cooperative||103|
Participants per company:
|Onalaska School District||8|
|La Crosse School District||6|
|Dairyland Power Cooperative||4|
|Western Technical College||4|
|City of Onalaska||2|
If you believe your company results should be higher, make sure you’ve registered a company with your user account. Or please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any other issues with the mileage tracker.
Finally, it seems the same companies win the ‘Coveted’ Golden Helmet award every year. Are the Golden Helmets not coveted enough except by these companies? Would the Golden Helmets be more coveted if they looked like the one below?
The DRBC Bike To Work Week started last Sat., May 12th, and celebrated its opening yesterday evening at the BTWW opening celebration at Myrick Park. Besides getting free great coffee, one of my other favorite BTWW activities I enjoy participating in is logging the miles I ride to or from work on the DRBC BTWW mileage tracker. You can log your own miles here.
You can interpret the BTWW total mileage in different ways: 1) How well is the DRBC doing in promoting BTWW, 2) How much less carbon is being produced by riding a bike to work, 3) How much money is saved from not driving a car, 4) Are the local municipalities improving its bicycle infrastructure and facilities to make it easier to commute to work, 5) Are businesses encouraging employees to ride to work, 6) How much arm twisting and prize incentives did we do to get people to log their commute miles?
Did you know that riding a bicycle 1 mile is approximately 1 pound of CO2 emissions saved? I never really paid attention to what a pound of CO2 looked like until I read somewhere that it was equivalent to a 2.5 ft stability exercise ball.
Any way you look at the BTWW miles, I always enjoy seeing an improvement from previous years. In 2010, bike commuters logged 5430 miles, in 2011 – 5746 miles. In 2012, let’s see if we can reach 7500 miles or 7500 stability exercise balls.
Be sure to make your mileage entries by 5 PM. Fri., May 18th so we can compile and present them at the BTWW Closing celebration at Cameron Park.