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Team Bike Challenge Officially Kicks Off for 2011

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Ami Sampat —

May is National Bike Month- So join a team and win some prizes.

Bike to Work’s Team Bike Challenge officially kicks off on May 1st, 2011, and registration is now open. Gather your friends, neighbors, and coworkers and pedal to win. It’s a fun and easy way to see just how much biking does for your health, budget, and the environment.

Here is how it works: form a team of 2-5 people and sign up at www.teambikechallenge.org. Earn points for each bike ride you take and your total daily mileage. Record your information via the website. Compete with your friends through the personalized Facebook Friends Leader board. You can also earn bonus points for completing various medal challenges, such as biking enough miles to burn a total pizza’s worth of calories. At the end of the month, the team with the most amounts of points wins.

Every member of a top scoring team from each county will receive a bike prize valued over $50. The top scoring team in the Bay Area receives a bike prize valued over $1,000.

The biking doesn’t have to stop when the Team Bike Challenge ends on May 31st arrives. You can still compete as an individual all year round by logging in your miles on the website. Track your total bike commuting benefits, including miles biked, calories burned, gas money saved, and pollution prevented. Bike your way to the top of the leader boards! Every month we will have a new leader board, so you can compete to be the top commuter each month.

If your business is too big to fit onto one team, then join the Company Bike Challenge. Compete for top honors against similar sized companies.

So log on to www.teambikechallenge.org, register, and join the fun. Happy biking!

A special thanks to this year’s regional sponsors for Bike to Work Day: 511.org, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Kaiser Permanente, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Beyond Pix Studios, Clif Bar, REI, Adobe, and Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.
For more information on Bike to Work Day, please visit www.511.org or www.youcanbikethere.com.

Points: Working Correctly?

According to the rules, the points assigned for the rides I did yesterday and today do not seem to be correct.

I consider myself closest to the definition of Weekend Warrior so I should get 2 points daily for a qualified ride. I did receive 2 points upon entering my first ride yesterday. Then, by the addition of a second ride bringing my total to 15 miles in a day, I should have rec'd an additional point (3 points total for April 1, right?). But I was assigned only 2 pts yesterday. I did a ride today and only rec'd 1 point today for my ride. This same situation occurred for my husband who rode the same rides with me and is a Weekend Warrior as well.

This is not a huge deal...perhaps the "bugs" are still being worked out? I'd like to know that all systems are go for the Team Bike Challenge month as we are working at getting a team together.

Thank you for the help. I look forward to getting some feedback. The website is great...have really enjoyed being able to log rides in all year! ~~Carole~~

Bike to Work Day Photo Shoot Cast & Crew (Photo by Som Sharma)
Diana Rohini LaVigne —

Anyone Can Participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, 2011

San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th Annual Bike to Work Day, which will be held on May 12, 2011, aims to motivate non-bike riders and those already cycling to get involved. With bike riding’s many advantages like healthier living, reducing one’s footprint, and an affordable transportation alternative, Bike to Work Day is headed for a significant increase in participation in 2011. Biking to work is a great way to fulfill the requirement of 30+ minutes of physical activity per day needed to stay healthy.

Bike to Work events, presented by 511.org and Kaiser Permanente, will take place throughout the month including a Team Bike Challenge and Bike Commuter of the Year Awards. Additionally, local employers are urged to help encourage bike riding as more physically active employees are more alert, healthy and more productive.

“Bike riding benefits not only Bay Area residents’ health but the environment as well,” says Diana Rohini LaVigne, regional producer for Bike to Work Day. “Unfortunately, bike riding comes with misperceptions from what you must wear to being fit before even starting. But biking is for everyone. You don’t need special clothing, you don’t need special equipment, and you don’t need to already be in shape to take up biking. All you need to do is find your motivation and jump on.”

This year’s message is to find your inner motivation and reason to ride a bike and to go for it. It could be anything from reducing stress, losing weight, helping diminish global warming, or having bragging rights at the water cooler on the most distance traveled on a bike. Bike riders come in all different shapes and sizes, and no one should feel limited by their size, attire, equipment or speed. Bike riding is an equalizer and all are accepted. There are activities in all nine counties; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Website suggestions!

Hey guys, I know you've filtered through many comments and issues already with this website. I have a few more suggestions for some tweeking that hopefully would improve some of the usability. We have appreciated noticing that things keep changing a bit, glad to know someone out there is on top of things!

1) We have three team members that use the same computer. It would be helpful if in the Team Bike Challenge Menu in the upper right could display the Rider who is currently logged in and/or maybe their picture.

2) Points - can the system be tweeked so that School trips are counted toward the commute medals? Some people are only commute to school. Perhaps this category is redundant and just needs to be combined in the future.

3) It would be better/more fair if the mileage were rounded to half or quarter miles rather than whole miles. We do a 2.5 mile round trip commute, which is only 5 miles, but based on this we get 6 mileage credits. It seems a bit extreme to round such a large distance. Also many people have bike odometer so we can enter fairly exact numbers. Does the iPhone App round up or keep more accurate details?

4) Also, perhaps next year one could log their miles by entering an address or tracing a route on a google map and have that link into the system. It would be great to see at the end a track of everywhere I've gone.

5) It would also be great to be able to store standard trips like r/t commute, so one could just click on it and enter it daily.

Thanks for all the work and any changes that can be implemented this year!
Kyle

Bike to Work Day

Andrew Casteel —

Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 13th! There will be "energizer" stations throughout the county.

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