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For Immediate Release: May 27, 2010
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MBL Places 1st in Division, 20th Overall in State-Wide MassCommuter Bike Challenge
WOODS HOLE, MAThe Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) finished first in its division in last weeks MassCommuter Challenge, a competition among Massachusetts businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities whose employees pledge to bike for all or part of their trips over a 5-day work week.
Thirty-six MBL employees logged 1,523 bike miles, finishing first among businesses in the 100-499-employee category and edging out such similar-sized competitors as Bostons Museum of Science, Merck, and PUMA. The MBL placed 20th overall out of 238 participating teams. Falmouth resident Anthony Goddard, a Developer and Systems Administrator in the MBLWHOI Library, biked 150 miles, the most of any MBL employee.
More than 3,700 employees at hundreds of businesses, colleges, hospitals, and other institutions signed up for the MassCommuter Challenge, pledging to bike 222,146 miles. Massachusetts General Hospital employees captured the top spot, pedaling 7,696 miles.
MassCommuter Challenge is the signature, statewide event hosted by the Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations (MassCommute) as part of National Bike Month. The competition challenges all participants to incorporate bicycling into their trips to work or school, for running errands, and for social activities.
A wrap-up event and awards ceremony was held at Flat Top Johnnys Bar & Grill in Cambridge, MA on May 26.
In recognition of the MassCommuter Challenge, the MBL Activities Committee organized a bike drive for new or gently used bikes and helmets to benefit the Falmouth Service Center. Bikes, helmets, and a gift certificate to Bike Zone were donated.
The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas.