Ride Smart Celebration 2017!

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Ride Smart Celebration 2017!

We’re wrapping up the Ride Smart Celebration.  Here’s a summary of what we accomplished in 2017!

  • Through the Ride Smart Challenge, we were able to log 4,369 trips taking a total of 73,283 miles off the road!
  • By reducing the number of cars on the road, we were able to avoid 58,626 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Our Bike Shorts Film Festival received some great submissions this year, in addition to films from Sweden, Netherlands, and Philadelphia, half of the films we screened this year came from our own backyard in central and southwest Virginia.
  • Zagster Bikeshare by RIDE Solutions officially launched on May 24th!

We also distributed lots of awards.  Here’s a list of who we recognized for what this month:

  • Bike Hero Award: Paula Daul of Lynchburg
  • Extraordinary Bike Professional Award: Mackenzie Jarvis of Blacksburg
  • Ride Smart Challenge Team Winner: The Sweaty Pedalers of Roanoke
  • Ride Smart Challenger of the Year: Kali Casper of Blacksburg
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Juried Prize Winner: Cycologic by Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Löwdin of Malmö, Sweden
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Best Original Music: The Back Pedal by Michael Tunes of Tigard, OR
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Best Local Film: I’m In by Dave Perry of Roanoke, VA
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Best Teen Film: The Beckoning Bicycle by Blake Bauer of Pulaski, VA
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Audience Choice (Roanoke): I’m In by Dave Perry of Roanoke, VA
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Audience Choice (Lynchburg): Cycologic by Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Löwdin of Malmö, Sweden
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Audience Choice (Clifton Forge): Atilla’s Next Step by Dave Majcher and Bill Eritz of McKees Rock, PA
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Audience Choice (Blacksburg): Build it, Ride it by Sarah Mezzy of Blacksburg, VA
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, YouTube Award: The Back Pedal by Michael Tunes of Tigard, OR

We also took a ton of photos!  Head over to our Flickr page to see highlights from all our events.  A special thank you to our photographer Ronnie Lee Bailey!

Of course, ending 2017 means it’s time to start planning for 2018, and for that we’d like your help.  We’ve launched a brief survey to see how we can make the Ride Smart Celebration better.  Please head over to Surveymonkey to complete it, and you’ll get a chance to win a Ride Smart Celebration prize pack worth $50!

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