From June 11th-17th, Groupon and many other companies in the Chicago area participated in the Bike Commuter Challenge in the hopes to rally employees to bike to work. With phenomenal results for a company our size, Groupon is proud to announce that 400 people took part in the challenge, making our over all company participation 22.17%. Last year, Orbitz took the prize for most riders in the 500+ company category with 14.27% participation.
With the overall goal to get people on bicycles and educate them about how to safely ride in the city, different departments went head to head for bragging rights and a trophy. Each department grew increasingly creative and showed great teamwork by organizing group outings and bike shuttles for those who did not own bikes. But with 66.67% participation, the winning department was Human Resources. Their secret? A winning attitude, team spirit, and Quadcycles.
Second place was Market Planning and Analysis (54.37%), third place–and most likely to ride to work outside of Bike to Work Week–was our Customer Service department at (47.67%). Awards were also giving for the longest commute (24 miles), oldest bike, craziest outfit, and commuting by bike for the most years.
The winning companies of the city-wide Bike Commuter Challenge will be announced on July 12th on the Active Transportation Alliance site. Thanks to everyone for participating and riding safely!