Riders are encouraged to sign up for the first Lincoln Bicycle Commuter Challenge, which began May 1 as part of the Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge to encourage people to bike more for transportation and recreation. Participation is free and open to all ages. Riders can register and begin tallying miles at any time through August 31, at endomondo.com/campaign/national.
The Lincoln Commuter Challenge is being organized by representatives from Cleaner Greener Lincoln, the Mayor's Environmental Task Force, WorkWell, WasteCap Nebraska and BicycLincoln. Prizes will be awarded in both the local and national challenges, and plans are under way for a Lincoln Commuter Challenge celebration in September.
In the national Challenge, Lincoln is currently 6th out of 593 communities. Lincoln has 396 registered riders as of Friday, May 4, and they have accumulated just over 5,200 miles in four days. Three Lincoln riders are in the top 200 nationally, and local organizations, such as UNL, 42, Cycle Works and LiCor Industries all rate in the top 50 out of more than 1,729 teams and more than 6,000 workplaces.
Riders may participate as individuals or as part of a 10-person team. Businesses can enter as many 10-person teams as they need to have employees participate. The national goal is to get 50,000 people to accumulate 10 million miles of bicycling in four months. At the end of the Challenge's first week, 17,292 were registered and over 192,000 miles recorded. Riders from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are participating. Nebraska is 3rd overall in the state race. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Kearney, Fremont, Hastings and South Sioux City, Nebraska/Sioux City, Iowa are competing. Omaha currently is 16th in the nation.
For more information on participating or supporting the Challenge, contact one of the following: