The Global Bike-to-Work day took place on Tuesday May 10th, where 80,000 registered Strava users uploaded their commuter miles.

The social network app for athletes, Strava, launched the Global Bike-to-Work event to encourage people all over the world to cycle to work more often. The aim was not to highlight the fitness aspect, but to draw attention to the environmental impact that cars and public transport have on our cities.

commuter cycle in traffic

“It’s incredible that Strava cyclists who joined the challenge recorded nearly 80,000 commutes in a single day across the globe; these kind of activities are making a difference when used by town and city planners." - Gareth Nettleton, Strava

A massive 80,000 commuters took part in the event from 180 countries worldwide. With all those miles being clocked up, Strava analysis has calculated a carbon off-set of 514.51 tons for that day alone.

The riders really totted up the hours - too - in total commuters managed a staggering 71,107 hours of riding. The average time per ride was 53 minutes and 41 seconds, a pretty decent morning ride we reckon.

From the participating countries, the UK covered the most miles, followed by the US and Brazil:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. USA
  3. Brazil
  4. Australia
  5. Germany

There are so many great reasons to cycle to work, and environmental health is just one of them.

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