What do we want to achieve?
We want more people to find out how easy it is to ride year round, come rain or come shine! That’s why the aim of the challenge is to encourage as many people as we can to ride for at least once over the month. While the end goal is to encourage more people to ride their bikes in the winter, bicycling isn't feasible, comfortable, or appealing for everyone. By encouraging people to first bicycle in a way that makes them feel safe and allows them to fully enjoy it, we've seen that we can encourage more people to eventually bicycle to work and their errands.
Why Take part?
It will bring a smile to your face and make the world a better place!
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What's the Challenge all about?
Every Washington Bikes Challenge is a free, fun competition for teams to see which can get the most of their friends and colleagues to ride a bike. The teams that get the highest number of points (for their size category) can win bragging rights and a real nice warm fuzzy feeling. We promise. You can earn points for logging rides, and for encouraging your friends/colleagues to get on a bike (they only have to ride for 10 minutes to take part - nothing crazy!).
These annual Challenges aim to get more people cycling more often, whether that be for fun, exercise or to work. Once someone tries riding a little, it becomes easier and easier for them to consider riding to the store or riding to work.
Imagine if more people rode bikes in Washington - our air would be cleaner, our city and communities would be more peaceful and our streets would be safer.
Studies have shown that where cities have higher numbers of people on bikes, there is a higher presence of riders and subsequently fewer incidents per rider.
Who can take part?
Anyone who lives or works in Washington state! Individuals, businesses, community groups.... even schools! You can sign up with your friends, colleagues, or as an individual, and complete as a social team.
What do I need to register my team?
First, the team needs to be created. This can be done by creating a profile, then clicking the green "Create Team" button on your home team. From there you can add a name for your team (we always keep an eye for funny or clever team names). Once your team is created, you can go to "Manage my Team" to add or remove members. A team can also be joined by searching for the team name, and clicking the green "Join Team" button.
Keep in mind that teams are capped at 10 riders, with no minimum or mandatory requirement for new riders on each team.
How do I associate my Team with an Organization?
Can I register with my workplace or other group?
There are three things you can do here:
- Associate your team with your organization - when you create a team, you can associate it with an organization. You can then filter the leaderboard by your organization and see all the teams from your organization
- Get a workplace or group profile page - this will allow others to join your organization. You'll see stats for your whole organization, be able to send messages to your organization, etc. Find Pricing or download this doc.
- If you want to engage your colleagues from outside of Washington, either across the U.S. or around the world - Love to Ride (who provide the Challenge platform) can provide you with some options here. Please email email@example.com.
What counts as a bike ride?
A 10 minute ride on a pedal bike (including electric bikes) is the only minimum requirement. It doesn't have to be a ride to work - it can be any kind of ride!
That said, rides on motorcycles, scooters or stationary cycles are not counted.
Why just 10 minutes?
You’re welcome to ride for more than 10 minutes, most people do. However, 10 minutes is an achievable goal for someone who hasn’t ridden a bike in years. It’s also just enough to leave a big smile on their face, which is exactly what we’re trying to achieve.
I already bike to work, why should I take part and record my ride?
We need your help to spread your love of bicycling and enlist your workplace. Your experience can help those thinking about biking take the all important step.
By recording your rides, you are providing a record of biking in Washington which can be used to argue for and justify funding for improved bicycle infrastructure.
Who is named as the team captain?
By default, those who register their team are automatically selected as Captain. If you do not wish to be a Captain, or are keen to replace someone who has accidentally been nominated as one on your team, please get in touch.
How do I classify as a new rider?
When you register for the Bike Challenge, you will tell us how often you have ridden in the last 12 months. Those who haven't ridden more than a few times in the last 12 months are classified as 'new riders'.
I don’t know how to ride a bike
No problem! The first step in learning how to ride a bike is just one click away.... Check with your local bike club for classes to help get you rolling anywhere in Washington. In Seattle, our friends at Cascade Bicycle Club offer a whole range of classes and some amazing one on one learn-to-ride opportunities. Click here for more info!
How do I win a prize?
Ride a bike for 10 minutes for fun, exercise or to work during the month long Challenge period. We're doing some social media picture contests - so keep you ears to the ground!
Donate to Washington Bikes to keep our statewide bike challenges rolling. Together we can grow bicycling throughout Washington!