Bicycle Commuter Contest encourages healthy transportation

May’s Bicycle Commuter Contest (BCC) encouraged South Puget Sound Community College students and staff to burn fat, not fuel.

Intercity Transit has hosted this event for the last seven years to encourage people to get into the healthy habit of biking.

People can sign up as individuals or on teams. The college had its own team for students and faculty members to join to win awards like riding the most miles and riding the most days.

Registration for adults 18 and over was $5 and could be done online for the first time this year. Enrolled college students could register for free.

English Professor Gerard Dolmans rides his bike year round and has been using his bike to commute to the college for the last 10 years.

Dolmans said he filed his first complaint to Security Director Lonnie Hatman about not enough bike racks on campus. Dolmans said he was happy to make this complaint because he has seen more SPSCC members riding year round, and he has observed bike racks being used all over campus year round.

As student senator for legislative affairs, Tammy Le serves on many different committees, including the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Le was in charge of promoting student participation for the Clippers BCC biking team.

Le knows of 31 students who participated in this year’s BCC.

Spanish Professor Anne Kelly-Glasoe participated in the BCC this year and said she bikes for less carbon emissions, good exercise and to keep her sanity.

Kelly-Glasoe is a frequent rider, using her bike to commute to work every day and to run errands on the weekend.

Mileage log deadlines are due June 7, followed by an awards ceremony June 22.

There are several prizes BCC participants can win, however Dolmans said it is not that competitive, because the purpose of the BCC is to encourage more people to think of biking in a practical sense.

There were nine participants last year, and Dolmans said they rode 1,382 total miles together.

Those who want to join teams for the contest do not have to ride together. Team members collectively add up their individual miles ridden.

There were social rides that Intercity Transit offered like Earth Day Market Ride April 20 and National Bike to Work Day May 17.

Dolmans said, while he understands many reasons people have for not biking, it only gets easier and more convenient with practice.

At first, biking may make for a long and difficult commute, Dolmans said. But, the more you do it, the shorter the rides become, and you get fit because of it, he said.

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