The Capital Region Bike to Work Challenge trophy winners reveal old and new faces of bicycling enthusiasts in the region.

ALBANY, NY June 20, 2022 – The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) announced the winners of the Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge (#b2w518) for employers in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties. Bike to Work Day is an annual event held each spring throughout the country that promotes bicycling as a fun and healthy way to commute to work. This year 275 people registered for the Capital Region Bike to Work Challenge, held for the first time since 2019. Participants rode 2,862 bicycle miles, conserved 115 gallons of fuel, prevented 1.1 tons of CO₂ from being released, and burned about 132,100 calories.

In Albany County, the Arsenal City Cyclers of the City of Watervliet dominated the field for the first time, capturing the trophies for Largest Team and Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) with 16 riders and 21% staff participation. The trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Small Employer) goes to the Bapa Mark team, of the Albany County Department of Mental Health, with 20% staff participation.

In Rensselaer County, the Capital Roots team won the trophy for Largest Team and Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) with 4 participants and 12% of its staff participating.

In Saratoga County, the Ballston Spa Central School District team won the trophy for the Largest Team with 26 participants, a very strong showing. The Saratoga Springs Public Library team successfully defended their trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) with 15% staff participation.

In Schenectady County, the Union College team held on to their trophy for Largest Team, with 34 riders. The trophy for Highest Participation Rate (Large Employer) goes to newcomer Niskayuna Town Hall team, with 19% participation.

The region-wide Municipal Challenge winner is awarded to the defending 2019 champion, the Arsenal City Cyclers of the City of Watervliet, with 21% of its staff participating. “I’m so proud of our team for rallying together to participate in not only a healthy activity, but an activity that creates teamwork among our staff,” said the City of Watervliet’s Mayor Charles Patricelli. “It was not only fun, but definitely challenging for some of us older riders. Amanda Austin, our team captain gave us all the “gentle” push to get involved and so glad she did.”

CDTC would like to thank all participants for bicycling to work, and everyone who helped make this event possible. Congratulations, winners!

For more information about this and other important regional projects, please visit our website at www.cdtcmpo.org. If you have questions or comments, you can also email us at cdtc@cdtcmpo.org.

ABOUT CDTC

The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga (except the Town of Moreau and the Village South Glens Falls) and Schenectady. CDTC facilitates a transportation planning process as required by federal law and supported with federal funding.

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