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How is your commute? Plymouth Rock sponsors Rush Hour Race

Last updated on November 5, 2019 at 09:51 am

And the winner is…Rush Hour Race, Tuesday, May 7th

How much do you like your commute? Thinking creatively about how we get in and around the city took an interesting turn yesterday.

The T-rider was the winner of this year’s second annual Rush Hour Race, followed by the inline skater (?!) and the cyclist. The race started in Davis Square in Somerville at 8:10 a.m. this morning and ended when the driver parked his car near South Station and arrived at the finish line around 8:55 a.m., just after the height of rush hour but just in time for work.

Rush Hour Race is a creation of the Somerville Bicycle Committee and LivableStreets Alliance, an advocacy group working to make Metro Boston more livable through better transportation options. Plymouth Rock sponsored this year’s event.

The 2nd Annual Rush Hour Race winnahs…

  1. Red line MBTA-rider (25 minutes)
  2. Inline skater (28 minutes)
  3. Cyclist (30 minutes)
  4. Runner (39 minutes)
  5. Automobile (50 minutes)

Brought to you by Plymouth Rock Assurance, together with the LivableStreets Alliance and the Somerville Bicycle Committee.

Chris Olie, president of Plymouth Rock, spoke briefly at the finish line ceremony:

“Alternate forms of transportation are a great way to reduce traffic congestion, automobile miles driven and automobile accidents. Plymouth Rock is, of course, an advocate for reducing automobile accidents, and has great rates for people who drive less than their peers, so an event promoting alternate transportation is a natural for us to sponsor…

At Plymouth Rock we care very deeply for the city of Boston. We were founded here in 1983 and are a Boston company through and through. That’s why it’s so important to us that our city has the safest, easiest and most efficient transportation options. And let me stress the word safest in that last sentence, because it’s very important for our sponsorship. All the participants in today’s event were required to obey all of their respective traffic laws.

We’re proud to work with LivableStreets to promote the further growth of transportation options here, and we think the Rush Hour Race is a perfect and fun way to do that.”

Back story: similarly fascinating reads related to this story

  • “And the winner is?” The Metro’s write up of the race
  • The driver loses “big time” per Tuesday’s Somerville Patch
  • Boston Magazine blog’s race results and interviews of race participants
  • Want to lose 13 lbs. this year without (barely) trying? Fascinating health statistics on the benefits of walking and cycling vs. driving from a variety of sources, all on one handy webpage at Bikes Belong. So awesome.

Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation provides auto insurance to personal and commercial auto insurance customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Plymouth Rock is a member of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and homeowner’s insurance throughout the northeast.

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