Bike commuters lap lake 33 times in competition |

Bike commuters lap lake 33 times in competition

Bikes are parked in front of the TRPA building during the ride a bike to work week.

Employees for several government agencies in Tahoe prevented 7,317 pounds of pollution from entering the air during a friendly competition for bike-to-work week last week.

Agency employees from utilities to trash companies cranked their pedals to see who could log the most miles in the Lake Lapper Challenge, initiated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The total 2,439 miles accumulated by 95 employees equals 33 laps around Lake Tahoe.

Participating agencies included the California Tahoe Conservancy, City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Department of Transportation Tahoe Engineering Division, Gary Davis Group, Incline Village General Improvement District, Lahontan Water Board, North Tahoe Public Utility District, South Tahoe Public Utility District, South Tahoe Refuse, U.S. Forest Service in Lake Tahoe and TRPA.

TRPA used the friendly competition to solicit sponsors for each mile logged to support its environmental scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The agency will accept donations through May 31. Contact Angela Moniot at (775) 588-4547, ext. 235.

Here are the results:

— Most total miles: TRPA: 361, CTC: 352, Lahontan: 339.1, Forest Service: 333.75

— Hardest ride: IGVID: 9,900 vertical feet of climbing

— Most average miles per rider: South Tahoe Refuse: 45 average miles per rider

— Most miles per employee: El Dorado County: 15.13 miles per employee

— Highest percentage of employees riding: El Dorado County: 6 out of 12 employees

— Most total riders: Lahontan: 16 riders, or 32 percent of staff

— Honorable mentions for most individual miles:

Jeremy Rutherdale, South Tahoe Public Utility District: 90 miles

Michael LeFrancois, Gary Davis Group: 88 miles

Stewart McMorrow, California Tahoe Conservancy: 86 miles

Vivian Ridley, U.S. Forest Service: 83.25 miles

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