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Bozeman-area employees log more than 14,000 miles for commuter challenge

June 6, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Nearly 300 Bozeman-area employees logged more than 14,000 miles during the area’s annual May Commuter Challenge held last month.

Sponsored by Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute, Bozeman’s Human Resource Development Council and the Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board, the challenge was a friendly competition to promote walking, biking, public transportation or carpooling for work commutes.

The team from Trade Risk Guaranty finished with the most miles biked and walked at 975 total miles. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Oracle, MSU’s College of Education, Health and Human Development and the City of Bozeman rounded out the top five.

The full results of Bozeman’s 2014 May Commuter Challenge can be found here.

According to organizers, 295 people comprising 46 teams participated in this year’s challenge. Those participants logged 7,881 miles by bike, 735 miles by foot, 5,667 miles by carpool, and 316 miles by bus. In 2013, 284 people on 50 teams participated, logging nearly 10,000 total miles.

The May Commuter Challenge promotes the use of the Montana ride-sharing site, www.ridesharemt.com, which encourages people to go by bike, walk and bus and helps people form carpools for trips to work and health care and child care facilities. The site can be used throughout the year.

Ridesharemt.com is a service of the Western Transportation Institute, or WTI, which was established in 1994 to provide innovative solutions to transportation problems at all levels, from local to international.  WTI is a university transportation center focused on rural transportation issues. More information about the WTI is available at www.westerntransportationinstitute.org.

Contact: Rebecca Gleason, Western Transportation Institute, (406) 994-6541 or rebecca.gleason@coe.montana.edu.