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Bike to Work Challenge in Victoria, British Columbia

Bike to Work events in Victoria include a commuter challenge, "celebration" commuter stations, and a Bike to Work launch event. The Bike to Work Challenge, similar to events in other cities, challenges employees of companies and organizations of all sizes to bike to work in a friendly competition. The Challenge is based on Web-based tool (http://www.biketowork.ca/node/5944), which allows riders to register and log trips, and has three divisions: small organizations (1–10 individuals), medium organizations (11–100 individuals), and large organizations (101 or more individuals).

With a 15 percent bicycle mode split on average for participating workplaces, the Bike to Work Challenge uses avid bike commuters as recruiters and team leaders within their organizations. By allowing bike commuters to play an important organizational role and incorporating a positive team dynamic into the Challenge, team leaders are able motivate other employees into biking to work, achieving a very high bicycle mode share for commuting to work in Victoria. The Bike to Work BC group also provides generous incentives to participate, such as a raffle to win an all-expenses paid vacation.

In order to market the event, Bike to Work BC begins their recruitment process a number of months before Bike to Work Week. At the opening launch of the Bike to Work season, Bike to Work BC unveils their new T-Shirt and distributes them to bike commuters that have formed teams at their places of work. The launch is usually well-publicized, generates a substantial amount of media attention, and draws a large number of people. In addition, they also facilitate an ongoing skills course, which helps introduce biking to potential new cyclists and prepares them for their bike commute. Over the past courses, roughly 2000 people have participated in total. This type of entry-level event helps novice riders feel comfortable biking to work, dispels preconceived notions about the difficulty and danger of biking for many new riders, and equips riders with the skills necessary for riding in traffic.

Intercity Transit’s Bicycle Commuter Contest

Intercity Transit’s Bicycle Commuter Contest (BCC) encourages, rewards, and recognizes Thurston County residents of all ages and abilities who try bicycling as a means of transportation. The goal of the event is to encourage residents to develop new and lasting commute habits that result in healthy transportation choices. According to BCC organizers, the contest enhances the quality of life in Thurston County by reducing traffic congestion and fossil fuel use, which improves air and water quality and promotes healthy lifestyles. BCC participants have prevented the emission of hundreds of thousands of pounds of CO2 and other pollutants over the years of the contest. The contest also encourages people to shop locally and increases parking supply, stimulating the “Green Economy” and engaging local businesses and organizations through the sponsorship program.

The BCC gathers information from cyclists about bicycling infrastructure and road repair needs, which is relayed to the appropriate jurisdiction. By providing this feedback, participants are able to actively influence infrastructure development as well as maintenance efforts in the community. The BCC also hosts a number of other events each year, including an Earth Day event, the Wrencher’s Ball, and an Award Ceremony. The Wrencher’s Ball is a large event where bike shops provide mechanics to perform free safety checks on participants’ bicycles. The Ball provides bike commuters with a helpful service and also promotes local bike shops. After the conclusion of the contest, usually in June, there is an Award Ceremony to celebrate achievements, award prizes, and hold random prize drawings.

Yay Bikes! Columbus, Ohio's Bike to Work Challenge

The Bike to Work Challenge is a friendly competition between employers in the Columbus, Ohio area. To win the Challenge, a company/organization must achieve the highest bicycle mode share within its bracket over an 11 day period. Mode share is defined as the percentage of total trips using one mode of transportation, though the Challenge counts a trip toward the mode share even if it was not completed by bike in its entirety. For example, if every employee were to bike (at least part of the way) for every work commute over 11 days, they would achieve a mode share of 100%.

Active Transportation Alliance

During the week-long Bike to Work celebration, commuters in Chicago leave the car at home and bike to work. In order to participate, anyone can become a team leader by signing up their workplace organization – commercial business, non-profit, educational, government - at the Active Trans Bike to Work Week webpage, then track the number of bike commuters within his/her organization. Every team leader receives a packet of materials for promoting the event including, literature and flyers; maps, and a T-Shirt. Team leaders also have access to free, on-site 'how to commute by bike' presentations. Those companies with the highest percentage of bike commute trips at the end of the week are recognized by Active Trans at an awards luncheon, a few weeks after the event.

External Link Benefits of Bicycling

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Programs in Motion

Read about how communities across the United States are building support for bike commuting.