Brookfield economic-development office wins 2016 Bike Commuter Challenge
Brookfield’s Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) recently won the 2016 Bike Commuter Challenge, sponsored by the Chicago-area Active Transportation Alliance, in its size category.
The Bike Commuter Challenge is a weeklong annual event promoting bike commuting as a viable, healthy way to get to work. 2016 marks the Active Transportation Alliance’s 25th year for the event. Among well-known entrants were Northwestern University, ComEd, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and several regional museums, as well as private enterprises.
Teams were ranked based on the percentage of employees who take at least one trip to work by bike. Four of Brookfield’s CEDD employees rode a bike to work during the designated week, winning not only in the agency’s own category, but also ranking 16th best overall and pedaling more than 300 miles collectively.
CEDD’s four-person team logged 307.2 miles in 39 individual trips — alongside participants from child care centers, health care companies and other workplaces — winning first place as a public agency in the size category of five to 24 employees and setting the pace for the Village of Brookfield as a bicycle-friendly community.
This year's event, which took place June 10-17, featured 268 teams with 3,635 participants. In total, 16,906 trips were taken and 96,735 miles logged.