Fall is coming, and in Oregon, unlike in the many places that foolishly declare May to be their official bike month, that means it's time for the annual Bike Commute Challenge.
A major annual project of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, it's grown into one of the most popular and successful bike-to-work challenges anywhere, spawning fun rivalries like the Intel-vs-Nike matchup highlighted at right. (More on that in a moment.) In the last two years, the friendly workplace-to-workplace competition has attracted 12,000 Oregonians on about 1,400 teams logging their trips by both frequency and distance.
"Per-capita participation in our program is bigger than in any other program I'm aware of," BTA Deputy Director Steph Noll said Wednesday.
This year, Noll's team is making it easier for blue-collar workers to participate by offering cards with radio-frequency chips in selected workplaces.