[UPDATE 8/16: The original amount of gas saved (3272) was mistakenly reported. Of all WBR participants, an estimated 1,900 gallons of gas have been conserved. Of those participating in neighborhood competition, around 115 gallons have been saved.]
With the Walk Bike Ride (WBR) challenge underway*, the City is now releasing an update on the standings in the neighborhood competition. As of the most recent update on July 25th, Ballard holds a commanding lead, with West Seattle and Capitol Hill a distant second and third. According to the City, a total of 2285 vehicle miles have been saved by neighborhood participants, amounting to a conservation of more than
3272 100 gallons of gasoline.
Interestingly enough, West Seattle is the neighborhood leading the pack when it comes to the number of trips saved thus far, which seems to indicate that the converted trips out of Ballard are much lengthier distance-wise. I can’t find a rational explanation for this peculiarity other than the presumption that Ballardites are more likely converting longer-distance commute trips rather than shorter errand-type trips.
More from SDOT:
This map from SDOT shows where the neighborhoods stand with regard to car miles saved. Here’s more info on the July/August competition. If you sign up you’ll receive weekly emails with encouragement and tips, and for every trip you switch you earn a chance to win some great prices, like an electric bike, a one night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel and more.
There are five weeks left in the neighborhood competition, so these neighborhoods could move up or down in the rankings. The Seattle Walking Map and the Seattle Bike Map can help you take advantage of everyday opportunities to get exercise as you get around.
*My last WBR post mistakenly encouraged those already regularly WBR’ing to sign up, although the purpose of the challenge is for the conversion of auto trips, not existing WBR trips.