In the Lead
Results of 2013 Bike Commute Challenge
Congratulations to Living the Dream - the top performing team in this year's Bike Commute Challenge! Living the Dream (from Sports LTD) pulled a very impressive score, encouraged many people who have never ridden a bike to work to give it a try, and had a huge proportion of their employees participate!
Other top performers include:
- RSA Foxes (Redding School of the Arts) and Boulder Creek Bicycling Bears were top performing school teams
- Mercy Medical Monstrous Miles and Shasta College Knight Riders were tops among larger employers
- Living the Dream and Out Spok'n (Public Health) scored high among medium size employers
- California Department of Drinking Water was tops among small worksites
Congratulations to all 49 teams in this year's Challenge! Together, participants peddled 21,563 miles (yes, some in the rain and some in the heat), resulting in 19,946 pounds of CO2 and 280 pounds of other pollutants not being released into the air, 1,027 gallons of gas saved (assuming an average of 21 mpg), and nearly $4,000 saved at the pump that can be spent locally (assuming an average of $3.89/gallon).
This year, 2,094 trips were taken by bicycle, of which 56% were trips to work, 8% were trips to school, and 36% were errands (including grocery shopping, going to eat out, heading to a soccer game and other destinations).
Soon full team and indivudal results will be posted.
19-May-2013 UpdatePost your trips and miles now!
All bicycle trips and miles must be posted by midnight on Tuesday, May 21, to be counted toward your team's score and for you to be entered into the drawing for each day you rode May 5 to 18. Thank you for taking the Bike Commute Challenge 2013.
16-May-2013 UpdateThe Bike Challenge provides great opportunity to invite a friend to bike with you to coffee, a movie, dinner, or anyplace else you might normally drive to.
Fun fact: 44% of Challenge participants had not ridden a bike to work or school within the past 6 months, including 53 people who had never ridden a bike to work or school before the Challenge.
Friday is last day of energizer stations and don’t forget the pancake breakfast from 5-10am. See the full schedule of events below for details, as well as info about lots of fun events on Saturday.
Bike Month Calendar
11-May-2013 UpdateLog Your Trips for Chance to Win Mid-Challenge Prizes
Log your trips and miles by 5 pm on May 11 for a chance to win mid-Challenge prizes.
As of Friday, about 60% of trips logged have been rides to work, 33% to errands and 7% to school. Remember you can count bicycling to the store, coffee shop, movies, to meet friends, and other destinations you might otherwise drive to as 'errands.'
05-May-2013 UpdateLet the Challenge begin
What a great day for a bike ride! Although the Challenge has begun it's not too late to join the fun....encourage a friend to give bicycling a try. Recruiting additional participants to your team helps your final score (higher participation rates, more trips, more miles...). Most of all, stay safe and have fun!
Kick off Bike Month by joining author Joe Kurmaskie, the Metal Cowboy, on Friday, May 3rd, at the Caldwell Recreation Center. Doors open at 6 pm with a bike fair, appetizers, dessert and a chance to win door prizes. The Metal Cowboy's performance will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door or at the Cascade Theatre Box Office. The Shasta Wheelmen will provide free valet bicycle parking along with an extra entry for door prizes if you bike there. Sponsored by First 5 Shasta, Women's Fund, North State Parent and Healthy Shasta.
19-Mar-2013 Update2013 registration is now open! Simply click on one of the Sign-up boxes to the right to register.
We highly encourage you to be part of a team. To become a Team Captain, simply complete the Team Captain Sign-Up Form and then invite people to join your team by selecting your team name when they register as a participant. All Team Captains who register by mid-April with at least 5 team members will receive a Team Captain Kit with supplies to help your team succeed, such as a bike chain key ring, snacks to fuel your team, and materials to recruit team members. The top performing team will receive a bicycle rack!
01-Mar-2013 UpdateThe 2013 Bike Commute Challenge will be expanded to two weeks! Now is a good time to start putting together a team and plan to ride May 5 to 18. Many great prizes and events are in the works for 2013!
If your organization would like to sponsor this year’s challenge or offer an event for the public on the Bike Month calendar just let us know! Call 229-8243.
Watch for Bike Commute Challenge registration and more information about Bike Month activities in mid to late March. If you would like to be notified when registration opens, email email@example.com.
24-May-2012 UpdateThirty-four teams registered for the Bike Commute Challenge, plus individual participants, riding 13,030 miles over the seven-day period (compared to 250 riders logging 6,398 miles in 2011). Those numbers saved approximately 12,053 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 169 pounds of other pollutants from release. Participants saved $2,538 by not using 620 gallons of fuel (assuming $4.09 per gallon and 21 mpg). Not only were fewer cars on the road as participants took to pedaling rather than driving, but bike commuters also got exercise, reduced stress levels and enjoyed being on a bicycle instead of at the wheel.
20-May-2012 UpdateAs of early Saturday, over 10,000 miles were recorded! Teams with a high participation rate (one aspect of the final team scores) included Team DDW, LSU Tigers, and ICF International. Saturday commutes and rides to errands count for the Challenge. Don't forget to record all your trips and miles by the end of Monday.
Challenge Update: As of Thursday afternoon, we have blown away last years mileage by 1,833 miles, with 2.5 days still to go! By riding your bike instead of driving a car, you have already helped prevent the release of 7,613 pounds of CO2 and 107 pounds of other pollutants, conserved 391 gallons of gas, and saved over $1,610 at the pump. Keep it up!
Frequent Riders: “Frequent Rider” teams include Shasta College, Team DDW, Caltrans, City of Redding, Cycling Defenders, DCSS Road Warriors, Fish and Game, and NMR Architects. These are teams whose members who have ridden most (or all) days this week. Riding more days is a portion of the final team score.
Who's putting in the miles? As of Tuesday evening, California Department of Drinking Water and Team Anonymous posted top mileage for small size teams. Nichols, Melburg & Rosetto Architects and Shasta County Public Works / Resource Management performed strongly for mid size teams. Caltrans District 2 and City of Redding posted the highest mileage for large teams. Among schools, New Tech High School and Redding School of the Arts are top performers. Keep in mind that final team scores take more than mileage into account. Who will come out on top?
As of Tuesday morning, bicyclists already logged 2,900 miles!
Teams leading on bonus points (awarded to worksites that support bicycle commuting with bicycle parking, group rider, incentives and other means) include Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Bloodsource, and CH2M Hill. Caltrans has already had 22 riders log trips and miles. The strongest individual participant at this time is Hannoha. For a full account, check out the Tuesday Morning Update.
Bike Commute Challenge News
10th Annual Ride of Silence May 15
The 10th Annual Ride of Silence will take place in communities around the globe on Wednesday, May 15th. The Shasta Wheelmen host the local event and invite the public to join them at 7 pm at the Sundial Bridge to ride a slow and silence 9 miles in honor of those injured or killed while riding a bicycle. It's powerful.
Play Bike Month Bingo - a fun way to explore various ways to enjoy bicycling. Created by the League of American Bicyclists. Could make a fun activity for teams or families! We know of at least one Bike Challenge Team that is offering prizes to team members who get a bingo.
Shasta Lake City recognizes May 2013 as National Bike Month.
Join author, bicyclist, adventure dad, and "Metal Cowboy" Joe Kurmaskie for an entertaining and inspiring evening of fun on Friday, May 3rd - a great way to kick off Bike Month! The Metal Cowboy will share Fun Tales of Family, Biking and Adventure, including stories and images from his family's bicycle trip across Canada with three kids under the age of 10.
"Mark Twain on two wheels!" - USA Today
"Hands down the best performance of the year. Lively, thoughtful. People laughed to the point of tears." - T. Gerald, University of Oregon Events
$5 ticket includes:
- Entertaining performance by the "Metal Cowboy"
- Light appetizers and dessert
- Bike Fair featuring adventure and family friendly bicycle gear along with tips for keeping your family active outdoors
- Chance to win door prizes
- Valet bicycle parking by the Shasta Wheelmen
Autographed copies of Mud, Sweat & Gears, Metal Cowboy (best seller) and other books by Joe will be available for sale at the event. Learn more about the Metal Cowboy in the recent North State Parent article.
Doors open 6 - 9 pm (show starts at 7 pm) - come early to check out the Bike Fair and enjoy appetizers.
Tickets available through the Cascade Theater Box Office - call (530) 243-8877 or order online. Event will be held at the Caldwell Park Recreation Center.
The Shasta Family YMCA will also offer a Parent Night Out event with fun activities for kids at their facility on Court Street. Parents - register your kids for Parent Night Out and enjoy a date night with the Metal Cowboy. Registration required.
Does your family want to ride with the Metal Cowboy? A free Family Fun Ride with the Metal Cowboy will take place on Saturday, May 4. Meet at the Sundial Bridge at 9 am.
The Metal Cowboy will also be providing school assemblies, creating enthusiasm and sharing safety tips with local students preparing for Bike to School Day events.
The Metal Cowboy's visit is sponsored by First 5 Shasta, The Women's Fund, Healthy Shasta, Shasta Safe Routes to School, and North State Parent.
Arrive by bike to enjoy free refreshments to fuel your ride. This year's Energizer Stations include:
From the Hearth, corner of College View & Churn Creek
May 6, 7-9 am
Country Organics, 915 Merchant Street #5
Weekdays, May 6-17, 4-6 pm
Kaleidoscope Coffee, 2258 North Street, Anderson
Weekdays, May 6-17, 6-8 am and 1:30-3 pm
Brew Craft Coffee, corner of Yuba & Pine
May 8, 10, 15, & 17, 7-9 am and 4-6 pm
Chain Gang, 1540 Division Street
May 7, 8, 14 & 15, 7-9 am
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, south side of the Sundial Bridge
May 15, 7-9 am
Shasta Regional Transportation Agency, 1255 East Street (between Shasta and Eureka)
May 16, 7-9 am
In celebration of the 2013 Bike Month, the Shasta Wheelman will provide secure valet bicycle parking and FREE tickets to the famous Asphalt Cowboy's Pancake Breakfast for the first 150 people to arrive on a bicycle wearing a helmet.
Friday, May 17, from 6 to 10 am, at the “Roaring Gulch” in downtown Redding. Two bicycle corrals will be offered, one at Market / Placer and the other at Market / Sacramento.
Team Captains can customize this Bike Commute Challenge Poster with their team name and contact information. Then simply print it off to use in team recruitment.
The following businesses are celebrating Bike Month by offering you a discount if you arrive by bike!
Spoon Me: 10% off for bicyclists (May 1 - 31), 1701 California Street
Grilla Bites: $1 off smoothies for bicyclists (weekdays, May 1-31), 1427 Market Street
Turtle Bay Exploration Park: $3 discount admission for bicyclists (May 5-18), 844 Sundial Bridge Drive
The more days you ride your bike to work, school or errands, the greater your chance of winning! This year's sponsors have generously donated a variety of great prizes, such as:
- $100 Gift Certificate to the bike shop of your choice (from Healthy Shasta)
- $100 Gift Certificate to Sports Authority, or one of four $10 Gift Certificates (Sports Authority)
- Commuter bags, bike pumps and gear from Chain Gang (7 prizes)
- Trek commuter bags and gear from The Bike Shop (4 prizes)
- Free tune-ups, lights, gloves and more from Village Cycle (4 prizes)
- Gloves, lights and gear from Sports LTD (2 prizes)
- Variety of bicycle gear from Cyclopedia (2 prizes)
- Earrings, bracelet and pendant keychain from Sachez Jewelry (2 prizes)
- Gift Baskets from Starbucks (2 winners)
- Gift Certificates from Grilla Bites (2 winners), Best Little Sandwich Shop (10 winners), and Redding's Ultimate Pizza (4 winners)
- Books by The Metal Cowboy (2 winners, from First 5 Shasta)
- And more!
A special thanks to Chain Gang, The Bike Shop, Village Cycle, Sports Authority, Cyclopedia, Sanchez Jewelry, Starbucks, Grilla Bites, Sports LTD, Best Little Sandwich Shop, First 5 Shasta, Trudi Pratt, DC, Blazing Saddles, and Redding's Ultimate Pizza for supporting the Bike Commute Challenge!
Be named Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year and receive a bicycle rack. To be considered you must have an active worksite-based team in the Bike Commute Challenge. When the Team Captain completes the Team Sign-up Form they should include details about what your worksite does to create a bicycle-friendly environment. Selection is based on having a successful team in the challenge plus offering a variety of ways to encourage bicycle commuting, from secure bicycle parking and facilities to incentives and encouragement.
Bike Month is a national celebration of bicycling spearheaded by the League of American Bicyclists. In Shasta County a wide variety of volunteers, bicycle related organizations and businesses pull together to provide a variety of fun activities to encourage more people to bicycle more often.
The Butte Bicycle Coalition also offers a variety of Bike Month events, find details at Bike Chico 2013.
If you want to encourage yourself beyond the local 2-week Challenge, check out the National Bike Challenge which runs through September.
Bike Month 2013 and the Bike Commute Challenge are organized by local volunteers and groups such as the Shasta Cascade Bicycle Coalition, Shasta Wheelmen, Redding Mountain Biking, Shasta Safe Routes to School, and Shasta Living Streets. Sponsors and support come from The Bike Shop, Chain Gang, Village Cycle, Shasta Safe Routes to School, Trails & Bikeways Council, RABA, Abby Jeanne Jewelry, Cyclopedia, Sports LTD, Best Little Sandwich Shop, Sanchez Jewelry, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Brew Craft Coffee, Kaleidoscope Coffee Company, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency, Redding Ultimate Pizza, Blazing Saddles, Trudi Pratt, DC, Starbucks, and Grilla Bites.
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Phone: (530) 229-8243