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Bike Sharing at the Conventions

Health Insurance company, Humana, created a pop-up shop station for their people-powered bike buses during the RNC and DNC conventions only. They released 20 of these kermit colored contraptions into the city for convention goers to ride to the festivities and other events around town. They also set up a fruit stand and other health-related stops where riders could scan their QR code pass for freebies and to have their mileage and calories burned tracked.

Here’s the fun part. Between the RNC and DNC, guess who logged more miles and burned more calories? Here’s a hint – their star speaker was not the president, but might have been at one point and currently eats a plant-based diet after slowly killing himself through McDonald’s binges. The losing team has a presidential candidate that mocked his opponent for caring about the environment. Check the site for the final tally of miles traveled, calories burned, rides taken and carbon footprint reduced.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. bergerandfriesSeptember 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I would REALLY like to not politicize cycling. Right now, you can be a Republican and ride, and a Democrat and not ride. We have enough fronts in this war, I’d rather not open another one.

    It’s nice to walk into a city in Texas that is VERY conservative Republican and have a discussion about how great cycling is for the city and see nods of agreement. If cycling becomes a political chew toy, I’m afraid that will evaporate.

    And if you look at the trips taken, they are about the same, so in my book, the RNC did a better job of keeping their convention located close to everything and planned better than the DNC ;)

  2. Matthew JSeptember 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Cycling as transit is already politicized. Many hard right and even a sizeable number of mainstraem Repubs have siezed upon the internet rumor that including cycling and pedestrian infrastructure accomodations in transit planning is a part of a conspiracy to surrender U.S. sovereignty to the U.N.

  3. kristinSeptember 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Yup, there are people who will politicize anything… but that’s not strictly a right-only probelm! :-) I wish we could just all ride bikes and get along…

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