RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
CONTACT: Theresa Wright
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM EMPLOYEES WALKED & BIKED FOR THE WIN IN BIKE WALK CHALLENGE!
MONTEREY COUNTY – This May marked the start of the first annual Bike Walk Challenge in Monterey County. The Challenge began on May 14 during National Bike to Work Week and concluded on May 31st. Contestants walked or biked to work, shopping and for health. During those two weeks, participants logged a total of 517 walking and biking trips, burned an average of 2,243 calories and saved an average of $22 by not driving. Winners are participants who took the most number of walking and bicycling trips, and employers whose employees had the most number of combined trips.
1st Place: Monterey Bay Aquarium
2nd Place: County of Monterey
3rd Place: City of Salinas
1st Place: Claudia Tibbs
2nd Place: Tori Spence McConnell
3rd Place: Ellen Umeda
Monterey Bay Aquarium employees dominated the Challenge this year, with a lot of credit going to the Aquarium’s robust and well-established employee commute program the “Tunnel Jumpers”. The Aquarium runs year-round programs to incentivize employees walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling and riding the bus or trolley to work. Over 1/3rd of employees participate in the programs and receive a variety of benefits, but the employees aren’t the only ones who benefit by leaving their cars at home. With fewer employees driving to the Aquarium, there are more parking spaces for visitors and less traffic on Del Monte Avenue and through the Lighthouse Tunnel.
The Bike Walk Challenge is an activity of the new Go831 program provided through the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. Go831 is a free benefit for commuters and employers powered by advanced technology that helps commuters find money-saving, stress-reducing alternatives to driving alone, and helps employers set up programs like the Aquarium’s Tunnel Jumpers.
For more information about the Go831 Program and upcoming challenges visit: Go831.org
“The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”