I recently completed a national bike challenge; this was my first one and was a lot fun. I felt extra motivated to get out there and ride my bike more often. I ended up riding 677 miles in 56 days; of those miles ~1/2 were accomplished on the Rails to Trails DC to Pgh Bike Tour, the rest were mainly from commuting/ transportation means. I’m still riding and logging my miles. It’s nice to see my efforts quantified and what that translates to as far as gas monies saved, CO2 not expelled, and how far those miles are in terms of things like trips to the moon etc.
Below is a little info about the challenge (you will find this and more at their website):
Who: The National Bike Challenge is open to all persons who either live in the US or work for an organization with U.S. employees. You could participate as an individual or with a team. I was apart of the Queers in Low Gear team.
What: The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting 1000s of current bicyclists and encouraging new riders. It is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the community of bicyclists. Users compete on a local, state and national level.
There was also a point system in place that appointed points to you based on mileage logged etc and at the end of each month prizes were awarded.
When: The “Challenge Period” begins May 1, 2014 and ends on September 30, 2014.
Results: Overall our state (PA) was #14 in the nation. As of a couple months ago Pittsburgh, PA was ranked #4 in the country and #1 spot for most transportation miles. Alongside the national challenge was the Rust Belt Battle – PGH vs Cleveland.
After a long Bike Challenge, Pittsburgh hands over the Trophy and Title to Cleveland.