Log your miles to compete in the 2014 Bike Commute Challenge through the end of September

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September 2nd, 2014

Log your miles to compete in the Bike Commute Challenge through the end of September

Save gas, get some exercise, and skip the traffic by riding your bike to work

 

September 2nd, 2014- Portland, Ore.- The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is thrilled to launch the 2014 Bike Commute Challenge (“the Challenge”) in which over 1,200 workplaces across Oregon and Southwest Washington will compete to see who can make the most commutes by bike.

Last year, 10,555 riders competed, involving 1,290 workplaces. Those riders collectively logged 1,151,686 miles! We want your help in upping the ante for 2014.

This year, we’re highlighting some heated challenges and rivalries between organizations through our social media channels. Issue a challenge directly through the Challenge website, record a video and upload it to Facebook and/or Twitter, and tag #bikemore. We’ll make sure everyone sees it!

Some big challenges are already being thrown out across the region, with more to come. The Trailblazers have challenged Moda, Daimler called out Adidas, and Intel is seeking to avenge last year’s loss to Nike. Follow BTA’s social media channels throughout the month to see who wins!

We will also be featuring profiles on riders around town all month, tying together their work lives and love of bicycling. We’re talking to people who have put hundreds, even thousands of miles on a bike, curious folk who are new to bicycling and want to skip the traffic, and team captains who are pros at stirring up energy in their workplaces to compete in the Challenge.

Whether you’re signing up as an individual or with an organization, logging just one trip during September will qualify you to win some sweet prizes, raise your team’s position in the standings, and invite you to our awards party in October. We will have some prizes for highest commute rates between individuals and organizations of all sizes that you won’t want to miss out on.

Sound like fun? Get online and sign up at bikecommutechallenge.com with an existing team or create your own, get that bicycle tuned up and that helmet ready, and start riding! If you’re combining the bus or train with your bike ride, the commute still counts- just log the miles you spent on the bike.

This year, we’ve made logging trips easier than ever by making the website mobile-friendly (but don’t use your phone while riding).

To learn more about the Challenge, register, and view rider resources such as using hand signals and riding in the rain, visit bikecommutechallenge.com.

About the BTA

The BTA is a non-profit, membership organization on a mission to create healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient, and accessible. Since 1990, the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies, and elected officials to create communities where people can meet their daily transportation needs on a bicycle. The BTA currently teaches Bicycle Safety Education in 40 Portland schools through the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program funded through the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Stephanie Noll
Deputy Director 503-290-4569 [email protected]

Hatham Al-Shabibi Communications Manager 503-226-0676 x28 [email protected]

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