REC 'Bike to Work' team posts big result

May 28, 2010

Five-member squad excels, as Hungarian contest swells in popularity

The REC finished in the top 3 percent in the recently concluded Hungary-wide 'Bike to Work' contest (Bringazz a Munkaba!).

Despite getting started a week late, the REC's five-member squad pedaled a total of 1,162 kilometres during the contest period, March 29 to April 30. As a result, Team REC placed 144th among the 5,500 registered medium-sized companies.

By riding bikes instead of driving during most of April, the REC's cyclists spared the atmosphere about 216 kg in CO2 emissions and saved themselves some EUR 100 in petrol expense.

The REC traditionally does well in the 'Bike to Work' contest. This year's result was eclipsed only by last fall's, in which they cracked the top 1 percent of participating teams.

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ON A ROLL: Left to right are: Fuzi, Spencer, Mezei and Solujic. Photo: Nathan Johnson

Congratulations go to all of the REC teammates for spring of 2010: Cecilia Fuzi, Zsuzsa Tovolgyi, Sasa Solujic, Csaba Mezei and Greg Spencer.

Hungary's 'Bike to Work' contest is a scheme to popularise commuting to work and school by bicycle. Participants compete as individuals and in company or school teams of up to five members. The campaign runs for about one month, and participants track distances ridden via an online cycling diary, which feeds into a database and posts results that everyone can see and compare at www.kamba.hu.

Having started in 2007 as a pilot project focusing on Budapest, the campaign now covers all of Hungary and is held twice a year, in fall and spring. Coordinated by the environment ministry in conjunction with the Hungarian Cyclists Club, it grows in popularity each successive occasion. In spring of 2008, 'Bike to Work' had already drawn more than 8,000 participants.