EUGENE, Ore. — The Business Commute Challenge was in full motion this weekend. The week-long competition kicked of Saturday, and was already off to a great start.
Whether by bike, on foot or by bus, many people ditched their cars Sunday in favor of greener ways to get to work.
A total of 162 teams, more than 1,600 people, are participating in the Business Commute Challenge. But ask anyone and you’ll see it’s hardly a challenge.
Participant Rachel Abrams of Sundance Natural Foods says half the store walks or bikes to work.
“I bikes all over Eugene. It’s my primary mode of transportation. I own two bikes,” said participant Henry Huntington.
The goal of the week-long challenge is to get everyone to find alternative ways to commute and minimize our carbon footprint.
“It’s good exercise and a great way to wake up in the morning,” said participant Zach Schrantz.
“It cuts down on emission and why spend money on gas when you can bike?” Abrams said
The challenge also encourages a little healthy competition. There are some prizes for the teams that log the most miles to work without driving their car.
“It’s kind of like test yourself, test your friends, see who can do the best which is kind of fun,” said participant Chelsea Rider.
If you’d like to participate, it’s not too late to sign up. Here’s a link to register: Business Commute Challenge.