Thanks for Everything

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Thanks for Everything

We’re closing the books on Bike Month 2016. Despite spending much of it standing in the rain, we think it went pretty well!  Here’s a little recap of what we accomplished in 2016.

  • Through the Clean Commute Challenge, we were able to take 61,398 miles off the road.
  • By reducing the number of cars on the road, we were able to avoid 49,118 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Our Bike Shorts Film Festival received the most submissions ever – over 2 hours of short films from all across the world.
  • In addition to films from France, Italy, London, and New York City, half of the films we screened this year came from our own backyard in central and southwest Virginia.
  • We distributed almost 100 bike helmets to kids at Roanoke County’s Rally for Road Safety and PATH Community Day.

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

  • Bike Hero Award: Kevin Peterson and Mike Coco of Lynchburg
  • Extraordinary Bike Professional Award: Anne McClung and Kali Casper of Blacksburg
  • Clean Commute Team Winner: Town of Blacksburg
  • Clean Commuter of the Year: Kali Casper of Blacksburg
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Juried Prize Winner: Arlington Passages – Chris and Rachael, Modacity, Vancouver BC Canada
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Best Original Music: Thieves, William Sellari, Roanoke
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Best Local Film: The Ride, Callie Cagwin, Lynchburg
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Audience Choice (Roanoke, Lynchburg, Martinsville): The Cycology of Biking, Nathan Shaw, Alberta ON Canada
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, Audience Choice (Blacksburg), Dust in the Chain, Norbi Whitney, Quebec, QB, Canada
  • Bike Shorts Film Festival, YouTube Award, Heartbeat, Filippo Cinnotti, Capocalle de Bertinoro, Italy

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 photographers Ronnie Lee Bailey and Marissa Yi!

Of course, ending 2016 means it’s time to start planning for 2017, and for that we’d like your help.  We’ve launched a brief survey to see how we can make bike month better.  Please head over to Surveymonkey to complete it, and you’ll get a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card or one of ten stainless steel RIDE Solutions travel mugs.

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