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UNH Wins Seacoast Commuter Challenge

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
June 9, 2010

UNH faculty and staff snatched the coveted trophy from Timberland in the 2010 Bike/Walk to Work Week Corporate Commuter Challenge. Members of the department of kinesiology, which hosted Bike/Walk to Work Day in Durham, pose with the prize. Left to right: Mike Gass, Tim Ashwell, Daniel Sedory, Dain LaRoche, Summer Cook, Karen Collins, Brent Bell.

UNH won the fourth annual Bike/Walk to Work Week Corporate Commuter Challenge, thanks to the 53 UNH employees who biked, walked, carpooled or took the bus from May 17 – 21. UNH toppled three-time winner Timberland in the large employer (200-plus) category, racking up a total of 156 alternative commuting days.

“It was great to meet so many folks at the Commuter Breakfast who were motivated to leave their cars at home and commute by bicycling or walking,” says Brent Bell, assistant professor of kinesiology, whose department hosted the breakfast. “I hope the beautiful day inspired them to make a habit of a car-free commute.”

“There is still time to get involved this year, with New Hampshire's state-wide Commute Green NH (May 15 - June 25), extending the celebration to those who carpool or take public transportation in addition to walkers and cyclists,” says Josh Pierce, president of Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes, which coordinates Bike/Walk to Work Week activities throughout the Seacoast. Go to www.bwanh.org to learn how to win a stay at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods or  tickets on the Amtrak Donweaster when you “commute green” six times by June 25.

In addition to the department of kinesiology, Bike/Walk to Work Day at UNH was supported by UNH Health Services, the Office of Sustainability, and the Town of Durham.

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