2011 Strive Not to Drive Results
While over 200 individuals submitted an online pledge to drive less and use alternative forms of transportation, there are many indications that this is only a small percent of the individuals who participated in the event. The Asheville Transit Commission reported bus ridership was increased by 4,660 rides of 16% compared with the week before. 140 individuals on foot, bike or bus visited one of the three commuter breakfast stations and a similar number took advantage of free bike parking at the kick-off of Downtown After 5 in 2011.
Strive Not to Drive organizers introduced a new workplace competition this year with 20 Buncombe County employers taking the Workplace Challenge. Winners were selected based on the size of the organization, the number of employees who demonstrated commitment to the campaign as indicated in a follow-up survey on the number of days commuted during the week using a form of transportation other than driving to work alone.
2011 Pledge Results
Congratulations to all 218 people who took this year's Strive Not to Drive Pledge! Those pledging used a variety of ways to get around during the week. 93 of you responded to our follow-up survey to let us know how you participated in Strive Not to Drive Week. Of these individuals, 3,660 miles were not driven using the following modes:
- Carpool or vanpool 46%
- Walking 40%
- Bicycling 62%
- Take the bus 32%
- Telecommute 12%
- Other 1%
*Bus ridership increased by 16% with 4,665 more rides compared with the previous week.
*140 people visited our Breakfast Commuter Stations by foot, bike or bus.
*100 bikes were parked at the Downtown After 5 bike corral (a record for the first event of the season).
*25 community leaders participated in the annual Leadership Ride.
Winners of the inaugural Workplace Challenge:
- Western North Carolina Alliance (under 10 employees category)
- Liberty Bikes (11 - 30 employees category)
- REI (31 - 50 employees category)
- Evergreen Community Charter School (51+ employees category)
- Buncombe County Government (Passport Program category)
Other businesses participating included:
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
ERA Sunburst Realty
Friends of the Smokies
Land of Sky Regional Council
Motion Maker Bicycle Shop
Grove Park Inn
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Strive Not to Drive also recognizes those individuals who serve as role models or make a difference in promoting the use of walking, bicycling or public transportation with the annual Golden Awards
David Tindal is the winner of this year's Leadership Award. He has commuted over 20 miles a day by bike for over 10 years. As a long-time manager at Mellow Mushroom he has worked to create an environment that encourages other staff to bike to work and provides lockers to enable staff to safely store their commuting gear.
Golden Sneaker Award
Anders Jourab received this year's Golden Sneaker Award. Anders walks as primary transportation and has walked to work, a roundtrip of 10 miles, every day for over two years. In the words of his co-workers, "His dedication is a reminder to each of us that we can work harder to use multi-modal transportation to get to work: biking, taking the bus, and even using our own two feet!"
Golden Wheel Award
Wendy Hendl has made a conscious effort to make public transportation her primary mode of getting around even though she owns a car and has a small child. She makes the time to do these things, regardless of circumstances, inspiring other to use public transportation whenever they can. For this Wendy received this year's Golden Wheel Award.