Commuter Challenge

Start rallying your friends and co-workers! 2014 Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge Presented by Pedal Power runs from May 1 through May 29.

Kick off National Bike Month this May with a friendly competition between your friends or other businesses!

What: A competition to see who can log the most bike commutes and which businesses can encourage the most bicycle commuting during the month of May.

Who: Any business, non-profit, organization, or individual in Fayette County.  If you work for a large company or organization, you are encouraged to register as a division or department (e.g. UK Department of Chemistry).  Business categories that will compete against one another are: Small:  0-10 employees, Medium:  11 – 25 employees, Large:  26 – 100 employees, Extra-large:  101+ employees

Why: Because it is fun. Because it is good for you. Because it will save you money. It will make you a better employee, a better boss, and a better business.

 

2014 Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge Rules and Regulations:

The Individual Commuter Challenge is open to anyone and everyone who commutes to work and runs errands by bicycle. Replace your car with a bike this May for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Prizes will be awarded to the individuals with the most “trips” and the most miles ridden by bike.  Recreation and fitness rides will not be counted–only trips that would have normally been made by car. 

 

The Business Commuter Challenge is also back for 2014 and open to businesses of all sizes in Fayette County. The business from each size category  with the highest “trips per (total) employees” score will receive a write-up in the July edition of Business Lexington and one lucky, randomly-selected employee from each winning business will receive a prize! The overall winning organization will receive the “Golden Cranks” to display in their business until next year’s competition! Participants in the Business Commuter Challenge may only count up to two work trips per day to account for each commuting trip to and from work.

Participants in the Business Challenge may also sign up for the Individual Challenge!

If your business is a sponsor of Bike Lexington, we have a challenge just for you! The sponsor with the most trips will receive a write-up in the July edition of Business Lexington. Same rules as the Business Challenge will apply.

 

Follow these simple steps to get started:

 

If you are competing as an individual:

 

Step 1: Create your login credentials on Greenlightride.com, please use your first and last name as your username.

Step 2: Once logged in, select the ‘Competition’ tab and the ‘All Competitions’ option. Scroll through Active Competitions and click “apply” to join the 2014 Bike Lexington Individual Commuter Challenge.

Step 3: Log your trips/miles beginning May 1 until 11:59pm, May 29! Click on the ‘Personal’ tab at the top of your account page, then select ‘Log Miles.’ All trips tagged as ‘transportation’ and ‘work’ will automatically record in each competition you’ve joined. Choose “round-trip” to count 2 trips.

Bike Lexington will post competition updates on this page at the end of each week so you know where you are in the standings. Winners will be announced after the Family Fun Ride on May 31.  Good luck and thanks for commuting by bicycle! You will have an Inbox in your Greenlightride account; please check this each time you log miles for important messages from event organizers.

 

If you are competing with a business or organization:

 

Step 1: Create your login credentials on Greenlightride.com, please use your first and last name as your username.

Step 2: Join a team. Once you’re in the system, search for your business under the ‘Teams’ tab.  Scroll to the bottom of the Teams page and click on the last page of teams to search for your business. 

If you cannot find your business as a listed team, you’ll need to register your company or division by ‘Creating a Team’ using the tools on the website.  Once you have created your team, go to the ‘Competition’ tab and apply to join the 2014 Bike Lexington Business Commuter Challenge or 2014 Bike Lexington Sponsor Commuter Challenge  with the team you just created.

IMPORTANT: If you created your team, you are the “Team Captain” and will be the liaison between Bike Lexington event organizers and your business team. You must accept teammates who’ve applied to join your team via inbox messages. Please send a message with the total number of employees in your company or division to the Bike Lexington account and check your inbox regularly for important messages from organizers.

Step 3: Encourage your co-workers to join your company team!  Winning businesses are determined by adding the total number of bike trips and dividing by the total number of employees at that business.

Step 4: Log your trips beginning May 1 until 11:59pm, May 29! Click on the ‘Personal’ tab at the top of your account page, then select ‘Log Miles.’ All trips tagged as ‘work’ (and/ or ‘transportation’ for individuals) will automatically record in each competition you’ve joined. Choose “round-trip” to count 2 trips.

Bike Lexington will post competition updates on this page at the end of each week so you know where you are in the standings. Winners will be announced after the Family Fun Ride on May 31. Good luck and thanks for commuting by bicycle!

 

Need help signing up? Questions about the Challenge?

Tamara@downtownlex.com

 

 

Where can I find more information on bike commuting?

If you are new to cycling or commuting by bike and are looking for good streets for bicycling, tips on riding, and gear, visit these resources:

http://lexingtonky.gov/bikewalklex (see Bike Facilities tab, Bike Commuting tab, Safety and Rules tab)

http://www.sustainability.uky.edu/transportationresources (for those commuting around campus)

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