Biking to work every day is highly recommended, but if only for a day or a week out of the year, join thousands of other cyclists who will celebrate Bike Month beginning May 13, with Bike-to-Work Day specifically on May 17. Transportation Alternatives is hoping to encourage lasting ridership by hosting a week long competition for businesses. Participating companies will receive a simple tracking sheet and will be asked to log the daily bike trips of their employees. Taking into account the length of varying work weeks and different sizes of companies, Transportation Alternatives has devised a scoring scheme to determine which company has the highest percentage of bike commuters.
Prizes are being offered if the benefit to yourself and your city isn’t enough already. (Okay, these prizes are really cool). Just for participating, your company will be entered to win the very fitting grand prize: indoor or outdoor bike parking installed at your business by Rack and Go. To the city’s top cycling workplace will receive a season’s supply of hydrating coconut water delivered to their office. The Super Commuter prize for distance commuting is a GPS device designed especially for cyclists. Getting every member of your workplace to bike to work during the challenge wins each participant an upcycled wallet from Holstee.
With Citi Bike stations now popping up all around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, perhaps there will be blue bikes available for rent for the challenge. Citi Bike has promised a May initiation, and what better time to start then Bike-to-Work Week?
Several companies have sponsored free breakfast and coffee giveaways to cyclists at certain locations the morning of May 17. After work, join the “Bike Home from Work Party” parading to the archway in the DUMBO neighborhood, which is to be lined with pop-up bike shops, food and drink, and a bicycle reflective wear fashion show.
Photo: Transportation Alternatives