Did you know that the bicycle happens to be the most efficient form of transportation ever invented?
Boundary Bay Brewery participated in Bellingham’s EverybodyBIKE competition during the month of May. The goals of the EverybodyBIKE are to help local travelers see bicycles as an important form of transportation and increase bicycle trips to the point that they are a significant share of local trips. So here’s how it worked: the idea was to form teams of 4-6 people and compete for who could make the most bike trips in one month. People new to biking (or walking) for transportation got double points for every trip they made, as did CEO’s of any company participating. Here at Boundary Bay Brewery, we formed three teams…one comprised of Ed (the owner) and the brewers, one of Janet (the general manager) and some of our lovely wait staff, and the last made up of those in the underbelly of Boundary: the graphic designers (one of whom was me!), our dessert chef, and our kitchen operations manager. Overall, we made 230 total smart trips (meaning we walked or rode bikes instead of driving!) totaling 1,639 miles. Which also means that in the month of May our employees alone prevented 1,332.45 of carbon dioxide! A total of 145 teams registered with over 850 people making bicycling and walking trips during May. On Bike to Work and School Day, more than 8,600 people were counted walking and biking for morning trips, a 15% increase over 2008.
Best of all, though, we are proud to report that our brewing team for EverybodyBIKE (who named themselves the Biped Hopheads!) placed 4th overall in Whatcom County. Just goes to show ya…the power of Boundary Bay Brewery beer!
the Biped Hopheads as pictured from left to right: Anthony Stone, Ed Bennett, Aaron Jacob Smith, Gabe Buchanan, Thomas Eastwood and Nick Crandall