After cancelled Monday’s snow closed the airport in Washington and my flight cancelled, I finally made it to D.C. Tuesday afternoon and was able to join the other 800 advocates at the National Bike Summit. I missed the morning sessions (and lunch!) but made it for a couple big announcements, the afternoon session, and for the meeting of the state delegations.
The big news from the first day was the announcement that the new National Bike Challenge website is live. While the Challenge does not officially begin until May, all you mileage trackers can start logging your trips now. The website has been completely redesigned and you can now track miles with Map My Ride and Moves in addition to Endomondo. This is a big step forward, and I am really excited to start using the new Moves App, which runs in the background on phones and automatically senses when you are walking or cycling. With Moves, I no longer have to remember to turn Endomondo App on and off, Moves just enters all my miles for me!
Of course you can still use Endomondo or go to the new Challenge website to manually enter your miles and trips, but I really like this new app. I have been testing it for a few weeks, and it does not run down my battery, as would happen if I forgot to turn off Endomondo.
I talked to Rob Gusky from Kimberly-Clark, who was also at the Summit, and he told me there will be a number of additional upgrades to the website that are still to come before the Challenge officially lauches. That said, I really like that we can check on our individual progress, check how our states or workplaces are doing without having to navigate the Enomondo website.
Tour around the new Challenge website , try the new Moves App and give me your feedback. I think you will be as happy with it as I am.
Today is our big lobby day on the Hill, so look for the next blog post to read how our meetings with your elected officials go. You can follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #NBS2014.