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.


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!



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


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


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!



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.


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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Biketober Detroit 2021

October 1st - 31st

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Biketober Detroit 2021

  • 20 Workplaces
  • 149 Participants
  • 17 New riders
  • 14,553 Miles
  • 1,142 Trips
  • 1,723 lbs CO2

Detroit All time stats

  • 48 Workplaces
  • 639 People
  • 173 New riders
  • 184,033 Miles
  • 11,317 Rides
  • 17,010 lbs CO2
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