Last month, citizens of the Sacramento Area were put to a challenge: to ditch their cars and ride their bikes as much as they possibly could for an entire month, with a collective target of one million bicycle miles being the ultimate goal.
Community events were organized throughout the region, teams were formed by local businesses, schools and organizations, and commuters and casual cruisers alike logged all of their miles online. It was a veritable 31 days of grease, sweat and gears, and those who participated are surely now enjoying their newly svelte calf muscles--just in time for summer.
Although the official results won't be made available until tomorrow (so procrastinators can log the remainder of their miles in time for the tally), It's simply too exciting not to jump the gun. For the second year in a row, we succeeded (easily!), with a total of 1,280,585 bicycle miles (as of today) logged at mayisbikemonth.com.
According to SMAQMD, "The current number of commute and errand miles ridden has saved 457,364 pounds of global-warming CO2 and 6,354 pounds of other air pollution from our atmosphere. The cyclists also saved 23,526 gallons of gasoline, worth about $55,991.06."
Way to go, Sacramento!
P.S. According to the MIBM website, there's some free swag up for grabs at local bike shops. If supplies are still available (they could very well be gone by now), you may be able to get your hands on a t-shirt at one of these three locations (Only Ls, XLs and 2XLs remain):
-Bicycle Chef, 3184 N Street, Sacramento
-City Bicycle Works, 2419 K Street, Sacramento
-Mikes Bikes, 1411 I Street, Sacramento