Wisconsin Bike Challenge hits 2 million miles!

With nearly a month left to go, we have already hit our goal of 6,000 participants and two million miles for the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge!  But don’t stop pedaling just yet. Keep logging those miles and let’s see how far we can go before the cutoff at the end of the month. For anyone who would still like to sign-up, it’s not too late to get in on the fun. You can sign up for FREE at the Bike Fed website. There are lots of great prizes to be won and fun to be had before the Challenge ends on August 31.

Outside of all the smiles, what do all those bike trips mean for Wisconsin? Why is this such a big milestone? Below is a snapshot from the Challenge website to demonstrate how 2,000,000 bicycle miles is benefiting our community:

For Wisconsin, 2,000,000 bicycle miles contributes to healthier communities. Participants in the Challenge have collectively burned over 46 million calories and saved nearly 1 million pounds of C02 from entering our atmosphere. Since almost half of the miles were for transportation, that’s a lot of car trips replaced by pedal power. In times when most of us need to watch our pennies, the participants have saved $445,000 on car expenses.

Calculating these outcomes of the Challenge offers us, a unique opportunity to annually quantify the positive impact that our bicycling community is having on our state and local communities. These positive outcomes of bicycling are not “new” news for us bicycle enthusiasts, but the numbers and messages are very powerful tools to use when advocating for bicycling improvements in our towns and cities. Every person and workplace that are participating in the Challenge and diligently logging their miles are making a significant contribution to creating a better, more bicycle-friendly Wisconsin. We at the Wisconsin Bike Fed cannot thank you enough!

For anyone who would still like to sign-up, it’s not too late! You can sign up for FREE at the Bike Fed website. There are lots of great prizes to be won and fun to be had before the Challenge ends on August 31.

Before I conclude this post, I want to give a big shout-out to those workplaces, communities, and individuals who are topping the leader board. Way to go, bicycling super stars!

The 2011 Wisconsin Bike Challenge prompted a National Challenge sponsored by Kimberly Clark, the League of American Bicyclists and Bikes Belong.  I am proud to report that as a state, Wisconsin is currently in second place on the national leader board!


  1. Appleton – 2,644 points per 1,000 people
  2. Madison – 2,605 points per 1,000 people
  3. Oshkosh-Nenah – 2,547 points per 1,000 people
  4. Watertown-Fort Atkinson – 2,082 points per 1,000 people
  5. Steven’s Point – 960 points per 1,000 people

Workplaces (overall)

  1. Trek Bicycle Corp 643,134 points
  2. Kimberly-Clark Corporation 249082 points
  3. Northwestern Mutual 124673 points
  4. University of Wisconsin, Madison 120906 points
  5. Oshkosh Corporation 103769 points


  1. Trek Vardity  40532 points
  2. Kamikaze Squirrels  32951 points
  3. Freeloaders  29896
  4. Henry St Pirates 27411
  5. Missing Links 26252

Individuals (Men)

  1. Matthew Litherland 7504 points
  2. Todd Vicker 7203 points
  3. Seth C Eckert 6500 points
  4. Michael Klarner 6351 points
  5. Brian Turany 6322 points

Individuals (Women)

  1. Mary C. Catterton 5878 points
  2. Bunkie Miller 4516 points
  3. Stephanie Skladzien 4420 points
  4. Carol Tumey 3999 points
  5. Chesla Seely-Anschutz 3980 points

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

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