What do we want to achieve?
We want more people to find out how easy it is to ride year round, even with winter weather! That’s why the aim of the challenge is to encourage as many people as we can to ride for at least 10 minutes over the month. While the end goal is to encourage more people to ride their bikes to and from work and for errands, bicycling to work 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!
And, you and your colleagues can win some great prizes!
See the website FAQ.
What is the Ride in the Rain Challenge?
The Ride in the Rain 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) win a team prize. 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!).
The Ride in the Rain Challenge aims 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 and their workplaces. 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 and, new for 2017, each team must have at least two new riders*
*New riders are those of us who haven't ridden or only ridden a few times in the past year
How do I associate my Team with an Organization?
Can I register with my Workplace?
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 profile page - this will allow your co-workers to join your organization. You'll see stats for your whole organization, be able to send messages to your organization, etc. There is a small fee to set this up. If you're interested, please email email@example.com
- If you want to engage your colleagues from outside of Oregon, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What counts as a bike ride?
A 10 minute ride on a pedal bike (including electric bikes). Doesn't have to be a ride to work - it can be any kind of ride!
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 Champions. If you do not wish to be a Champion or are keen to be one at your workplace, 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
Check with your local bike club for classes to help get you rolling. Our friends at Cascade Bicycle Club offer a whole range of classes and camps. 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 and be entered into a prize draw.
How do I know if I’ve won a prize?
The Champions of the winning teams and spot prize winners will be notified on the first Friday after end of Challenge.
All winners will also be listed on the prizes page.
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