Union team pedals to another trophy

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For the second year in a row, a group of riders from the College won the Gearshaft award for most participants from Schenectady County in the annual Bike to Work Day Workplace Challenge.

Sponsored by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), the event promotes bicycling as a fun way to commute to work for employers in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

Union had 39 riders representing a diverse mix of departments across campus, a dozen more than a year ago. More than 400 riders in the four counties registered for the event. They represented more than 4,000 bicycle miles, replacing 166 gallons of fuel and 3,300 pounds of CO₂. They also burned about 180,000 calories.

Gail Golderman, librarian for digital services at Schaffer Library, had the longest commute for Union’s team, making the 66-mile round trip from her Albany home. Team captain Stephen Romero, associate professor of psychology, was next at 48 miles.

The team’s trophy will be on display on the lower level of the Wold Center.

The College will keep the trophy until next year’s competition.

To learn more about Bike to Work Day, including a list of winners, click here.