What do we want to achieve?
We want more people to experience first hand how easy and enjoyable cycling can be. 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 Bike Everywhere Challenge?
The Bike Everywhere 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 Bike Everywhere 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.
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.
What are Challenge Champions and Department Champions?
They are the team captains who will encourage their friends and coworkers to register, ride, record their rides and motivate them to victory.
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 at all in the last 12 months are classified as 'new riders'.
I don’t know how to ride a bike
During Bike Everywhere we’ll be holding try-a-bike sessions where you can borrow a bike and be trained by a qualified cycle instructor. These sessions are held in safe off-road areas, suitable for novices. We can also provide one-to-one assistance. Please get in touch with the Challenge Coordinator to find out more.
I don’t have a bike. Can I borrow one?
You can borrow a bike at the try-a-bike sessions held during the Bike Everywhere Challenge. See the events page for details
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.
Your organization or department can also win a team prize if you get the highest proportion of staff to ride a bike. You will compete against those of a similar size for a fair chance of winning.
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.