WHAT IS THE DETROIT BIKE CHALLENGE?

The Detroit Bike Challenge runs from May through October on the Love to Ride platform. The Detroit Bike Challenge is a program launched by the City of Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation (OMI). The purpose of the program is to encourage biking in Detroit. It consists of five challenges: two, month-long challenges in May and October, and three mini-challenges between June and September.

It’s not about who can ride the most miles, but about encouraging as many people as possible to set themselves biking goals and ride for health, happiness and fun.

Read the FAQs about the Detroit Bike Challenge here.




Mini Challenges (June-August)

Keep on pedaling through the summer with our mini challenges. From June to August you’ll help save the planet, grow our biking community and improve biking for everyone in Detroit.

There are some great prizes to be won too!


Bike for Change (June 13 - June 30) 

June is World Bicycle Month, what better time to take action against climate change by biking to work, the store, to meet your friends at a restaurant, or any other transportation journey? Did you know that transportation accounts for roughly 30% of CO2 emissions in the United States (US EPA, 2018)! 

The Bike for Change Challenge will run from Sunday June 13 to June 30. We’ll be starting off with a special group ride on June 13 with Streets Calling Bike Club and you’re invited!

There are three $50 gift cards from Plant Economy, a Detroit-based, Black-owned plant shop to be won as well! 

To participate, riders can complete any or all of these action:

  • Log at least 1 ride for transportation between June 13-30
  • Share a story on Love to Ride using #Bike4Change. Tell the community how you’ve incorporated biking into your daily routine to get around town and/or share about attending the Streets Calling Bike Club group ride on June 13, 2021. Find out more here. 
  • Encourage a friend to sign up for Love to Ride using the buttons in your profile which generate a unique invite link.




Westside Wednesday Challenge (July 19 - July 31)

During the month of July join a Westside Wednesday bike ride and help grow the biking community! The rides take place on the Westside of Detroit hosted by Collier “40” Hardaway, founder of ReUnited Detroit. 

Riders who go the extra mile and post a story about their ride will be entered into prize drawings for three $50 Visa gift cards and one rider who shares a story will win a Westside Wednesday tumbler and t-shirt! 

  • Share a story on Love to Ride using #WestsideWednesday showing their attendance at at least one Westside Wednesday ride. Riders can enter up to 2 times (one for each Westside Wednesday ride during the challenge). Details about the rides on July 21st and 28th here. 
  • Log a ride any time between July 19-31
  • Encourage a friend to sign up for Love to Ride using the buttons in your profile which generate a unique invite link.

The Westside Wednesday Challenge was made possible by the generous support of Collier “40” Hardaway, founder of ReUnited Detroit and the Westside Wednesday slow roll and his continuous efforts to support the biking community in the City of Detroit. 




REP 313 Challenge (August 1 - August 31)

During the month of August, the Detroit Greenways Coalition will host two virtual bike tours of Detroit’s bike infrastructure and greenways. The tours will be available for download on the Detroit Greenways Coalition’s website. 

There’s even the chance to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. To be entered into the prize draw complete any of the below actions:

  • Share a story on Love to Ride showing your favorite spot on the Detroit Greenways Coalition virtual tour, your favorite place to ride in Detroit, or you at a D-Town Riders Soul Roll ride using #REP313
  • Log a ride any time in August 
  • Encourage a friend to sign up for Love to Ride using the buttons in your profile which generate a unique invite link.

The REP 313 Challenge was made possible by Todd at the Detroit Greenways Coalition and Ashia from the D Town Riders Bike Club. The Office of Mobility Innovation (OMI) thanks Todd and Ashia for their continuous effort and support of the Detroit Bike Challenge. 



Keep riding all summer long to get ready for Biketober!


HOW DOES BIKETOBER WORK?

You and your workplace earn points for every mile you ride, every day you ride, and for every person, you encourage to register (they don't have to be in your workplace - they just have to log a ride during May). 

The points system has been carefully selected to ensure fair and exciting competition and to strongly encourage participants to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory.

You'll compete against other workplaces of comparable staff sizes. Ride anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes to participate. Riders and organizations will increase their chances of winning prizes by scoring the most points for their rides and for encouraging others to ride. The more often you log rides and encourage others to log their rides, the more likely you are to win a prize!

You've got all of October to get out on a bike and earn points!



WHY TAKE PART?

It's:

  • Fun
  • Easy
  • A great way to stay connected
  • You and your co-workers can win some great prizes!


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO YOUR ORGANIZATION?

There has never been a better time to promote riding a bike! Now more than ever, it’s important for us all to enjoy activities that are good for our physical and mental health and keep us connected with the world around us. 

As people look for new ways to approach their health and impact on the environment, the Biketober Challenge provides them with a fun platform to engage with other riders, as well as tips and guidance no matter if they are new to riding or looking to ride more frequently.  


5 key benefits for workplaces: Healthier and happier staff, virtual and free, supports mental health, is sustainable, enhances reputation

HOW TO TAKE PART

Follow these four steps:

  1. Register on this website, it's simple and easy. Register here.
  2. Ride a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes during Biketober (October 1-31)
  3. Record your ride on this site and tell your friends and co-workers about Biketober.
  4. Reward yourself and your friends by entering the prize drawings!


REGISTER HERE



RIDER POINTS

Users get points for miles ridden, number of days ridden, and number of people encouraged. 

Riding points: 1 mile = 1 point, 1 day = 10 points, encouraging an existing rider = 50 points, encouraging 1 new rider = 100 points


Riding points

  • You earn 1 point per mile logged
  • Each day you log a ride, you earn 10 day points

Encourager points

When someone signs up and logs their first three rides for the Biketober Challenge a prompt asks them if someone in particular encouraged them. If they enter you as their encourager, you get points!

Existing or new rider? When a person signs up on the platform and when they register for a challenge, they’re asked how much riding they’ve done in the last 12 months. If they answer a few a times or less, they’re classified as a new rider. People that ride more often are classified as existing riders. 

Organization points

Workplace points are simple - the sum total of all the points earned by their members.



MORE FAQS ABOUT THE DETROIT BIKE CHALLENGE


1. What is The Detroit Bike Challenge? 

The Detroit Bike Challenge is a six (6) month-long pilot program launched by the City of Detroit’s Office of Mobility Innovation (OMI). The purpose of the program is to encourage biking in Detroit. It consists of five (5) challenges, two month-long challenges in May and October and three mini-challenges between June and September. 

The month-long challenges are Bike Month, which takes place in May, and Biketober, which runs in October. To participate in a challenge, create a profile and log your rides at lovetoride.net/detroit.


2. Who can participate in The Detroit Bike Challenge?

Anyone who is over the age of 13 years old who lives and/or works in Detroit can create a profile and log rides year-round.


3. Can I participate if I do not own a bike?

Yes, if you do not own a bike, you can participate by renting or loaning a bike or using bikeshare (i.e., MoGo) 


4. How do I register? What key information will be required from me? 

Participants can register at lovetoride.net/detroit using their email address, Facebook, or Strava account. At registration, participants will be asked to provide their name, email address, and set a password. Participants will also be asked to complete a short survey to help us send you the most relevant information.

5. How can I use the Love to Ride platform? How can I participate in monthly challenges?

Once registered, participants on the platform will be able to log bike rides, set goals, share photos and stories, and participate in challenges hosted by the City. 

To participate in the month-long challenges in May and October, simply log a ride in your Love to Ride profile during those months.  

Participation guidelines for the mini-challenges will be posted on Love to Ride at lovetoride.net/detroit. 

All participants will be entered into local and national prize pools. 


6. How will I receive prizes?

Challenge participants on the platform who log rides and participate in challenges will be eligible to win local and national prizes (when available).  Prize winners will have the opportunity to choose to pick up their prize, receive it electronically, or via mail. Prize winners will be notified by email from Love to Ride, so be sure to check your spam filters and mark as “not spam” so that all emails get through to you.


7. What if I have a question that is not answered here?

For general questions about how to use the Love to Ride Detroit platform, please contact support@lovetoride.net. For other queries call 313-203-0329.




Have a question about cycling in the coronavirus era?

We've pulled together the latest advice on how to keep safe whilst cycling, tips to help you take up cycling and a link to our brand new website that has all the reasons why biking is important as ever! Check out ride-healthy.com


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  • 475 People
  • 132 New riders
  • 126,621 Miles
  • 7,823 Rides
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