Monday, August 8, 2011
Data for your consideration:
NUMBER OF TEAMS: NUMBER OF MILES:
2006 = 27 2006 = 77,300
2007 = 32 2007 = 109,000
2008 = 55 2008 = 134,593
2009 = 60 2009 = 129,104
2010 = 62 2010 = 157,852
2011* = 109 2011* = 157, 682
OK, so we had 47 (!!!) new teams in 2011, yet our mileage was still 170 miles short of 2010, when we had 62 teams? Kind of a bummer .... until you look at this:
NUMBER OF RIDERS: NUMBER OF TRIPS:
2010: 1000 2010 = 10,500
2011*: 1352 2011*= 12,054
These numbers have me very excited. We have 359 more riders and 1554 (!!!) more trips in 2011. This tells me that the new riders we added to the rolls are not riding as far as those who have participated in year's past ... which leads me to wonder:
Has the idea of bicycle commuting in Omaha started reaching past the "choir" and into the masses?
If I'm new to bike commuting (or cycling in general), I'm not as likely to start out going door to door, I'm probably going to start with a park/ride or bus/ride. Another theory: I live close to my office, but I've never considered riding to work before.
Either way, this is cause for a happy dance. More people making more short trips by bike is EXACTLY what we are going for. (...despite my recent challenge to BOCC team captains to see if we could break the 2010 mileage record. What can I say, I'm competitive. J).
What is YOUR theory?
In the mean time, carry on, bike commuters! The challenge has been expanded from 14 weeks to 22 weeks based on feedback from many of you who want to take advantage of the best weather of the year. We'll celebrate with the BOCC Wrap Up Shindig on Friday, September 30 - so save the date! More info will be coming soon.