Here’s a way to sink your teeth into some zesty cycling competition with your co-workers and friends, without having to wear Spandex or work up a big sweat.
In celebration of Bike Month, and to inspire more New Yorkers to commute on two wheels, Transportation Alternatives presents the Bike to Work Challenge 2014. From May 12 to 16, workplaces around the city vie to rack up the most commutes by bike. At stake: toned legs, the sunny outlook that rides to and from work bestow, prizes and — most important — Monday-morning bragging rights.
Workplaces, including Etsy, Google, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Brooklyn Brewery, are registering at an accelerated clip this year, says Samantha Dodds, director of corporate and individual giving at T.A. She reports that more than 400 companies signed up in the first two weeks alone, compared with a total of 50 last year. The advocacy organization launched a separate website this year that makes it easier than ever to register and track progress, she adds.
“It’s exciting to see,” Dodds says. “Last year we had 500 individual participants; this year we would like to have 5,000.”
Whether your company or organization is already stacked with bicycle commuters, or you’re up for an active role in encouraging more people to get in on the benefits and pleasures of cycling for transportation in New York City, sign-up is free here. To check if your workplace already has a team set up, click here.
Once registered, you can enlist participants, then track progress and standings for the run of the challenge, which culminates on Bike to Work Day.
The winning companies in each of seven size categories, as well as individual riders who rack up the most miles and who burn the most calories, will be announced at T.A.’s Bike Home from Work party in DUMBO on the night of Friday, May 16. More to come on that — it was a blast last year! Learn more about the Bike to Work Challenge.