For Immediate Release
Date: June 15, 2015
WHAT: Participants riding a car, a bike and a bus will compete for the title of fastest commute downtown during the 8th Annual Dump the Pump Challenge. New this year: competitors will be outfitted with live video feed, allowing spectators to track race progress from the finish line.
WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015, coinciding with National Dump the Pump Day. Race starts at 8 a.m., with competitors expected to cross the finish line shortly after 8:15 a.m.
WHERE: Race departs 12 Oaks Shopping Center just south of DeRenne Avenue with the arrival of the Abercorn 14 bus. Finish line is at Savannah City Hall on Bay Street.
WHO: Mayor Edna Jackson will be at the finish line, where she will award the winner with the coveted Dump the Pump Challenge Medal. This year’s participants are:
• Representing Cyclists - Jen Colestock, Program Manager of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s New Standard Cycles program. Jen will be attempting to defend the title she has won for the past two years. A bicycle mechanic, woodworker and generally handy person by trade, Jen is a long time cyclist.
• Representing Bus Riders - Enoch Dumas, Chatham Area Transit System Analyst. Enoch has more than 20 years of experience as a transit professional. He enjoys walking and meeting new people.
• Representing Car Commuters – Parrish Herron, of the City of Savannah Mobility and Parking Services Department. Herron will be driving his beloved 2013 fire engine red Dodge Charger RT.
WHAT ELSE: In the classic contest of bicycle vs. bus. vs. car, the bicyclist has been the first to make it from midtown to City Hall each of the past seven competitions, though the margin of victory has been razor thin – generally just a few minutes separates 1st from 3rd Place. This year spectators can follow the entirety of the race from City Hall, as all three participants will be hooked up with live video chat, which will be aired at the finish line.
The competitors must follow all traffic laws. The bus rider gets off at the nearest bus stop to City Hall, while the car driver must park in the nearest garage.
The public can get in on the action by giving bicycle commuting a shot on Thursday. To promote participation this year, CAT will be running a photo contest. Customers can snap a ‘selfie’ while riding the bus, paratransit, or bike sharing service on June 18th and share it on social media to be entered to win. Full contest details are online at www.catchacat.org.
"The Dump the Pump commuter challenge is a fun way to encourage Savannahians to explore their transportation options and remind them that traveling by car isn't always the fastest way to go,” said John Bennett, Executive Director Savannah Bicycle Campaign. “Bicycling and transit are viable alternatives for many people and we hope this event will increase interest in affordable and healthy transportation."
National Dump the Pump Day is an annual event that promotes alternative forms of commuting that are cheaper and cleaner for the environment. The City of Savannah, CAT and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign have organized Savannah’s Dump the Pump Challenge since 2008.