The Wisconsin Bike Challenge
|The Wisconsin Bike Challenge begins May 1st and runs through September 30th! Have fun watching the miles add up on the leaderboard and see how you are doing compared to your friends and coworkers. By participating in the Challenge, you can log miles online or through your smartphone that will show your neighbors, your family and your coworkers that you’re a real Wisconsin bike champion. You’ll also be entered to win awesome bike prizes. The Challenge is FREE and fun!Click Here to Sign Up »View Last Year’s Results »|
Wisconsin came out on top and won 2014 National Bike Challenge. Wisconsin won because we 7,850 people logged 3,942,771 miles in last year’s Challenge, edging out Nebraska and Vermont in a tight race to the finish.
While bragging rights are fun, thanks to all that pedaling, everyone was a winner, even those who don’t ride bikes because all that pedaling added up to about 214 million calories burned and nearly 3.6 million pounds of carbon that didn’t go into the atmosphere. That left a lot of money left over, as the riders saved over $2.2 million that they would have spent driving. Special kudos to Mary Catterton from Appleton for finishing top female rider in the country with 9,863 miles. Way to go all you Badger State Bikers!
For Wisconsin, four million bicycle miles contributes to healthier communities, puts more money back in local economies and puts smiles on thousands of faces. About half of the four million miles were for transportation, and that’s a lot of car trips replaced by pedal power. It’s good for Wisconsin’s economy, too. Better health means fewer health care costs, not to mention that participants have saved $2.2 million driving — money that can instead be spent on local goods and services.
Calculating these outcomes of the Challenge offers us a unique opportunity to quantify the positive impact that our bicycling community has on our state and local communities. These positive outcomes of bicycling are not “news” for us bicycle enthusiasts, but the numbers and messages are very powerful tools when advocating for bicycling improvements in our towns and cities. Every person and workplace that participates in the Challenge and diligently logs miles is making a significant contribution to creating a better, more bicycle-friendly Wisconsin. We at the Wisconsin Bike Fed cannot thank you enough!
Click here to view the 2013 results!