|Booz Allen Hamilton Gains Appetite for Commuting by Bicycle
McLean, VA — Well known Washington area employer Booz Allen Hamilton was recognized for its support and involvement in Bike to Work Day 2010. Commuter Connections, a program of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and co-organizer of Bike to Work Day (along with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association), held a challenge for employers to help encourage participation in the popular and growing event. Bike to Work Day promotes commuting by bicycle as a viable alternative to driving alone by car. This year’s Bike to Work Day on May 21 set a new record with 9,200 registrants, a 17% increase over 2009.
The Bike to Work Day employer challenge develops support of both public and private companies in the metropolitan Washington region to encourage employee participation in the annual commuter bicycling event. In addition to helping the environment, bicycling to work brings about cost savings, and improves personal health and fitness. With 536 participants, the organization with the greatest level of overall participation this year was perennial mainstay, the National Institutes of Health. Other top participating employers for 2010 included Booz Allen Hamilton, Orbital Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the University of Maryland. Booz Allen Hamilton, which had 134 Bike to Work Day commuters, was randomly selected from among the top employers as the 2010 challenge winner and received a free luncheon for participating bicyclists. On June 29, 2010, Commuter Connections Director Nicholas Ramfos, and Greg Billing, Events Assistant at WABA recognized Booz Allen Hamilton for their achievement. Accepting the award from Booz Allen Hamilton were Associates Steven Lovejoy and Allan Williams.
“The Employer Challenge is a way that we can create some friendly competition and recognize companies in the Washington region for their support of sustainable methods of transportation to and from work,” said Ramfos, “Bicycling is a component of that and Booz Allen Hamilton is one of the top employers in the area fostering bicycling as part of their corporate culture.”
Ben Richman was among the hundred plus bicyclists from Booz Allen Hamilton who participated in the May event. Although Mr. Richman was part of the company’s Bike Club at Booz Allen Hamilton, he previously only rode his bicycle for recreational purposes. Bike to Work Day provided him with a springboard to try commuting by bicycle, heading out from Foggy Bottom to his job in Tysons Corner. “I thought about how alive I felt on this morning commute, [and] how stifled I had been for the past two years in my monotonous, hair loss-inducing routine of traffic,” said Richman. After arriving at work he “felt a buzz of energy” and later boasted about an overly productive day. Richman, along with other members of the Bike Club, organized a weekly bike ride to and from work; he has faithfully ridden his bike to work every Friday since Bike to Work Day.
Regional Bike Raffle Winners
Registering for the Bike to Work Day 2010 event provided automatic entry into a bicycle raffle giveaway. Craig Ekman and Michael Broadnax were lucky winners of brand new bicycles courtesy of City Bikes. Ekman who serves with the military at the Department of Defense was the winner of a Breezer Uptown 8 bicycle. Broadnax works for V-Tech Solutions and won a Jamis Coda Elite bicycle. Edgar Montalvo, a Sterling, VA resident, won a free performance hybrid bicycle courtesy of Bike to Work Day sponsor, D.C. Lottery.
Discovering a new healthy habit, this was Broadnax’s first time participating in Bike to Work Day. “This summer I’ll bike to work at least one day a week…biking to work definitely saves time, money, and hassle.” Ekman first heard about Bike to Work Day in 2002, and has been participating ever since. He rides his bike to work every day, a 16-mile round trip. When asked why he no longer drives to work he said, “It's not the money, during peak rush hour I can get to work faster on bike versus mass transit or my car. The frustration factor is why I force myself to ride even when the weather gets bad.” Montalvo, a bicyclist with intermediate experience, works at the Teaching Company and signed up for Bike to Work 2010 as a team building effort with his coworkers. “This was a great surprise, it’s a really nice bike, I couldn’t believe it”, said the excited winner of the D.C. Lottery prize, “I can ride this bike every day!”
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Commuter Connections is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Commuter Connections promotes bicycling to work, ridesharing and other alternatives to drive alone commuting, and provides ridematching for carpools and vanpools and offers the free Guaranteed Ride Home program. Commuter Connections is funded by the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and U.S. Departments of Transportation. www.mwcog.org, www.commuterconnections.org.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association creates a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment, and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.
Release Date: Jun 29, 2010
Contact: Lewis Miller