The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia sponsored the annual Bike versus Car versus Transit race last Wednesday May 26. This was in accordance to the National Bike Month celebration. The winner was president of Advanced Sports, Inc., Patrick Cunnane, who rode a Breezer Finesse commuter bike.
On its sixth year, the race was between one bicyclist against one subway rider and a car drive. The purpose of the event is to make the public aware of the health advantages of riding a bike to work. The race also shows the convenience and speed of riding a bike.
Patrick Cunnane was wearing a business suit while he rode to win the race stressing that biking is an activity even for workers who must dress up in the job. He said, “In busy cities like Philadelphia, it’s simply the fastest way to get short distances, especially at rush hour.”
At Frankford and Market streets, the race kicked off at 8 a.m. running four miles to 15th and Market and ends up near the City Hall. Cunnane took the race in 13 minutes and 20 seconds, while the car driver arrived at the finish line in 19:20 and the public transit rider arrived at 24:09.