New in 2016: The September Bike Commute Challenge has been revamped and is now officially the May Bike More Challenge! Now coinciding with National Bike Month, we challenge everyone across Oregon to get out of their cars and get on their bikes and see who can #bikemore during the month of May. Historically, the Bike Commute Challenge has only tracked bike trips to and from work, but now every ride counts in the Bike More Challenge! Ride your bike to work, the grocery store, or for fun and log all of your trips at bikemorechallenge.com! The Challenge is a state-wide, month-long friendly competition between workplaces to see who can get the greatest percentage of employees to log the most trips on their bike. At the end we tally the results, give out awards in different categories of company size and sector, and celebrate everyone’s hard work and commitment for that month.
Here’s how it works: Anyone interested in taking the Challenge looks to see if their workplace is already registered. If it isn’t, they register themselves and their workplace team at the same time. They become the Team Captain, by default. Their coworkers register and join that workplace team.
Everyone logs their bike trips during the month of May. At the end of the month, The Street Trust tallies the bike trips and ranks all workplaces in size categories by the percentage of commutes achieved by bike. In early June, The Street Trust announces the winning companies in each category at a big Challenge Awards Party.
In 2016 we had almost 12,000 people participate in the challenge and log over 1.5 million miles! Join us in breaking those records. Sign your workplace up today!
In preparation for the Challenge, or just to promote bike commuting in your workplace, The Street Trust also conducts Bike Commute Clinics.
The Street Trust will come to your workplace or community group to teach a one-hour workshop covering laws, skills, basic gear, and basic maintenance. This is a great introductory workshop for people who are new to bicycling or interested in learning more about how to enjoy safe and comfortable bike commuting in all seasons. Experienced commuters are encouraged to come and share their tips with fellow riders and hopefully walk away with new knowledge as well.
Topics covered at the workshop include:
- Basics of riding – laws, traffic signals and signs, how to handle bike lanes, bike boxes, tracks, and sidewalks
- Skills – hand signals, turning, sharing the lane, and changing lanes
- Choosing gear – bikes, helmets, lights, locks, accessories, cold and rain gear, carrying kids and cargo
- Route planning – resources and taking bicycles on transit
- Q&A – answers to questions from new or experienced riders
We also host seasonal workshops with a special focus on gear options and riding skills for being safe and comfortable riding at night, in the rain, and in other fall and winter conditions. More information here.