by Ethan Stewart
The results of the second annual Santa Barbara Team Bike Challenge are in, with the Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) Chain Gang (Bryan Kean, Andy Gin, Mindy Stark, Amanda Kirby, and captain Cherie Topper) taking home top honors. The earth-friendly, feel-good event, sponsored by SBCAG’s Traffic Solutions, inspired 1,100 participants to leave their car keys behind and take to their bicycles for the entire month of June; all riders combined logged a total of 129,685 miles. Two hundred and thirty teams of as many as five riders each competed in the event, earning a point for every day one of their riders chose to ride a bike rather than drive a car for a utilitarian purpose, such as commuting or grocery shopping. “Infrequent riders” (those who typically ride fewer than three times per month) earned double points for their rides. The RVS Chain Gang — technically composed of five infrequent riders, though Captain Topper acknowledged being a triathlete — earned themselves $100 gift certificates to the bike store of their choice by garnering 236 points. Clipper Wind Power’s rider Stan Tehee won the award for most trips by an infrequent rider by saddling up for a whopping 133 roundtrips, while Citrix Online’s rider Jeff Alexander took home the prestigious most-miles-logged award with an impressive 1,113 miles in 30 days. Additionally, Goleta Mayor Jonny Wallis earned this year’s bragging rights as the number-one elected official bike rider. With her total of 24 trips, she beat out the likes of Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum, Santa Barbara Councilmember Brian Barnwell, and Carpinteria Councilmember Donna Jordan. According to figures provided by Traffic Solutions, participants made 41,318 trips, saving 5,188 gallons of gasoline and preventing 295 pounds of nitrous oxide, 2,601 pounds of carbon monoxide, and 109,201 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the air above the South Coast.