Have you ever wondered what the fastest way to get to work is?
According to this year’s “Share the Road” commuter challenge, cycling beats driving or taking transit.
The challenge, which was organized by the pro-biking non-profit HUB Cycling, saw teams of three contenstants—one biking, one driving and one taking transit—race towards a finish line located at the intersection of Granville and Georgia, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. In six out of 11 teams, cyclists came out victorious.
“It's really important that people use other modes of transportation so our roads aren't as congested with traffic,” said Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, who raced against city councillors Andrea Reimer and Kerry Jang.
Reimer, who took transit, was the first member of the City of Vancouver team to cross the finishline, followed closely by Robertson, who biked. Jang was a distant third.
"We're seeing lots of people shifting now, over 50 percent of Vancouver now gets around on walk, bike, or transit," Robertson said. "If we all choose different ways to get around, and they're safe ways to get around, then we'll get around more conveniently and efficiently."
Other teams participating in the event included the Vancouver Airport Authority, Vancity, car2go Vancouver, and the Georgia Straight, among others.
"Share the Road" was used to promote HUB's ninth annual Bike to Work Week, which will run from May 25 to 31.
According to Erin O'Melinn, executive director of HUB, an estimated 10,000 people will participate in this year's Bike to Work Week, which promotes the use of bicycles as a healthy and sustainable way to commute around the city.