Pedal for prizes in upcoming Love to Ride Austin Biking Challenge

Pam Leblanc leaves her home to ride her bike to work in this 2014 file photo. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

About 15 years ago, I signed up for a city-wide commuter challenge. Teams earned points every time they rode a bike someplace, whether it was to work, to run an errand or just for fun.

That challenge worked its magic on me, and I got hooked on riding my bike everywhere. To this day I pedal to work three or four days a week.

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After a long lapse, the city is once again hosting a commuter challenge this year, with prizes for participants who log the most trips and record the most miles, and for companies who get the highest percentage of employees to bike to work.

The city of Austin is partnering with Love to Ride, a biking encouragement platform, to put on the 2018 Love to Ride Austin Biking Challenge.

Cyclists gather for free breakfast outside Whole Foods on Bike to Work Day in this file photo. Kelly West photo.

 

The free workplace challenge is designed to get people on bicycles miles by giving them a chance to win prizes including bicycles, saddlebags, helmets, backpacks and more.

The competition targets businesses and organizations in the urban core and runs from May 1-31, and is open to riders of all skill levels, even those who haven’t pedaled a bike in years. Participants can cycle anywhere they like, anytime they like, during the month-long challenge period.

Sign up at http://www.lovetoride.net/austin. Organizers hope to register at least 100 businesses by April 30. For more information, email laura@lovetoride.net.