RELEASE DATE: Monday, June 17, 2019
CONTACT: Theresa Wright
MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County announced that the winners of the “2nd Annual Bike Walk Challenge” have been selected and noted that for a second year in a row, employees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium were dominate in the challenge.
In recognition of Bike Month, the Transportation Agency presented the county-wide challenge which began on May 1st and ended on May 31st, with Monterey Bay Aquarium employees having the greatest number of combined trips; thereby earning the Aquarium the first-place win in the employer category.
The challenge to give your car a rest and to walk or ride a bicycle to work, shopping and for health was open to employers, individuals and teams. Participants logged a total of 1,547 walking and biking trips, burned an average of 0.2 million calories and saved an average of $37 by not driving.
Listed below are the winners of the 2nd Annual Bike Walk Challenge:
Participants who took the greatest number of walking and bicycling trips
1st Place: Stephanie Walls
2nd Place: Mike Baroni
3rd Place: Tina Gomez
1st Place: Peninsula Pedal Pushers
- Fernanda Roveri
- Carol Bouchard
- Claire Rygg
- Chalet Booker
1st Place: Monterey Bay Aquarium
2nd Place: County of Monterey
3rd Place: City of Salinas
The dominance of the employees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is credited 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 and through the Lighthouse Tunnel.
The Bike Walk Challenge is an activity of the 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.”