A new category has emerged on the Sacramento Region May is Bike Month website that may reveal just how dedicated residents of each participating city are to ditching the car keys and strapping on bike helmets this month.
Per capita, Davisites have pedaled 0.78 miles since May 1 (as of Wednesday), good enough for second place overall and just four hundredths of a point less than that of Auburn, which leads the way with 0.82 miles per resident.
The bike month challenges rely on participants to log their miles on www.mayisbikemonth.com.
For the overall city mileage count, Sacramento has amassed 177,509 miles. Davis has overtaken Folsom for third place, with 51,450 miles in Davis compared to 50,150 in Folsom. Unincorporated Sacramento County remains in second place with 142,827 miles.
In addition to the intercity competition, Davis agencies and groups are competing for top spots in other challenges.
In the schools challenge, with participating institutions ranging from elementary schools to universities, a handful of Davis’ elementary schools continue to vie for top honors, including North Davis (first) with 2,314 miles; Birch Lane (fourth) with 1,539 miles; César Chávez (eighth) with 1,006 miles; Willett (10th) with 897 miles; Korematsu (13th) with 725 miles; and Patwin (31st) with 173 miles.
UC Davis faculty and staff come in as the top local business in the employer challenge at seventh place with 10,728 miles logged. The university ranks 16th in the school challenge with 526 miles.
For the team challenge, Davis Bike Club moved into 16th this week with 4,784 miles, while the Davis Bike Club Race Team sits at 22nd with 4,164 miles and Davis Bicycles! is in 35th with 2,952 miles.
May is Bike Month is a regionwide event — mirroring the national monthlong recognition of bicycles — that encourages citizens to replace vehicle trips with bicycle trips as much as possible and to log the miles they ride throughout May.
Davis organizations, including the city’s Street Smarts program, Davis Downtown, Cool Davis, DavisBicycles!, Ride Walk Davis and UCD, also have scheduled a plethora of bicycle-oriented events to commemorate the month.
— Reach Tom Sakash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @TomSakash