DC Bike Summit Update: The Challenge is Live!

All the state delegations gather to plan for their legislator meetings on the Hill.

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.

Click on this image to be taken to the home page for the 2014 National Bike Challenge.

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!

Click the image to be taken to the Moves App website, but you can also find it on the App Store and Google Plan.

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.

 

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 11 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave lives with his wife Liz and daughter Frankie in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

3 thoughts on “DC Bike Summit Update: The Challenge is Live!

  1. It’s unfortunate you missed Tuesday morning’s sessions. Following the Twitter comments, there were some extraordinarily great presentations.

    I was elated to hear about the speech from US Dept of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He seems to really understand the potential for bicycling to make cities better places to live. His comments about creating opportunity for low-income people – bikes are an inexpensive means for job/school access – are extremely welcome from the head of the US DOT. Here is a quote from his talk:

    “This isn’t just about recreation…this is about equality and creating opportunities to expand the middle class and help those folks trying to get into the middle class.”

    For a summary of his remarks, read this great BikePortland post:
    http://bikeportland.org/2014/03/04/usdot-sec-foxx-focuses-on-safety-politics-and-economics-at-summit-speech-102483

  2. Have you actually gotten Moves to work correctly and sync to the challenge?

    I find that on a typical ride Moves cuts 10-20% of the distance because it shows me riding through yards, living rooms, and even underneath I-43 where there is no underpass.

    I haven’t been able to successfully sync from Moves either.

    I like the idea of not having to start or stop the app to record cycling miles. But I have not had much luck.

    Thanks … Mark

    • Mark,

      Moves works pretty well for me, and the auto on, auto off feature is WAY easier for me than trying to remember to turn Endomondo on and off. I have not checked the accuracy, but I do have it set to powersave mode rather than accuracy.

      I sync’d it on my iPhone using the little M in a circle at the bottom right of the screen under Connected Apps and on the Challenge website in my account to make it my primary app.

      Let me know if you continue to have problems.

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