UChicago gears up for third annual Bike to Work Week and joins National Bike Challenge

May 4, 2012

This year Bike to Work Week* is June 9 -15. Organized by the Active Transportation Alliance, this event is free and encourages Chicagoland employees to bike all or part of the way to work at least once during the week. Whether a participant cycles 12 miles to the office or 2 miles to the Metra station or the nearest bus stop, each trip counts!

Dominating last year's Bike to Work Week, 23 University of Chicago departments participated in last year's Bike to Work Week—the most of any university—and logged over 4,500 miles! UChicago saw a 77% increase in department participation from 2010 to 2011 and anticipates an increase in individual participation this year. Whether you have 4 or 400 people in your department, all are encouraged to join Team University of Chicago by clicking here.

The University of Chicago will compete against other large Universities and Colleges and Bike to Work Week winners are selected based on the percentage of employees who bike to work during the week. All participants are entered into a raffle to win prizes from the event sponsors, which include Caribou Coffee, Village Cycle Center, and Clif Bar.

To support and celebrate your two-wheeled trip, Bike Pit Stops will be located throughout the city and at suburban Metra Stations. On Tuesday, June 12th, from 6:30am – 9am, a Bike Pit Stop will be located outside of Café 57 (1520 E. 57th St.). This rest station will provide free refreshments and Open Produce will give away fruit, while Blackstone Bicycle Works will offer bike safety assessments at no charge. Cyclists will also have the chance to enter a raffle for a one-year Zipcar membership and other fun prizes.

Help spread the word and boost participation by emailing this flyer (PDF) to colleagues and posting it in your department, office, or building.

National Bike Challenge

To support the ever-growing cycling culture on campus, the University of Chicago is providing you with another opportunity to compete on two wheels. We will be participating in the National Bike Challenge, held May 1 – August 31, 2012. With fifty thousand riders and logging over ten million miles, this challenge is intended to encourage individuals to ride more often and demonstrate the power of the bicycle to build healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.

If interested in participating in the National Bike Challenge, register online, identifying "The University of Chicago" as your employer. Record each of your rides online and watch as the miles you've ridden, the calories you've burned, and the gas money you've saved add up. After logging just three days on your bike, individuals are eligible for monthly prize drawings. Prizes range from water bottles, tools, helmets, bikes, and vacations. Each ride logged will also count towards the University of Chicago's team points. The team with the most points will be recognized with a plaque. Please contact Katie Anson with any questions.

*The Bike Commuter Challenge is open to all University of Chicago and Medical Center staff and faculty. Students who are interested in participation should email Katie.