One week into the National Bike Challenge Wisconsin has two cities in the top ten cities for folks recording their biking miles. Madison ranks first in the nation while Milwaukee comes in at number six.
Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska rank second and third, respectively. Pittsburgh comes in at fourth, than it’s Arlington, Virginia, Milwaukee, Boise, Cleveland, Savannah and Indianapolis in order.
But the race has just begun. The challenge started May 1st and runs through September. Last year Wisconsin finished third behind Vermont and Nebraska.
The Bike Challenge started in Wisconsin a few years ago and it’s now run at the national level by the League of American Bicyclists where it is supported by Wisconsin-based Kimberly Clark Corporation. Kimberly Clark’s Rob Gusky, who is on the board of the League and who is a great friend of the Bike Fed, is huge into the challenge. In fact, the man just has a mean streak when it comes to his desire to elbow out Vermont and Nebraska to reclaim our first in the nation status.
At the Bike Fed we’ve been promoting a little friendly rivalry with the Corn Huskers too. But the point really is just to get the competitive juices flowing so that people get out there and ride their bikes more.
We do a lot of things at the Bike Fed to that end: Safe Routes to School, the Share & Be Aware program, the Valid Bike Shop and a lot more. But the bottom line is that when more people ride that makes biking better and safer for everyone.
So, if you haven’t signed up yet for the Bike Challenge please do it today. Beat Nebraska!