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Get pumped: The 2014 Bike Commute Challenge kicks off next week

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Hawthorne Bridge scenes-5
Hawthorne Bridge traffic in September 2013.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

With August’s heat lifting, we’re headed into one of the nicest times of year to be on a bicycle in Portland, and that means it’s time to convince your co-workers to give biking to work a shot.

The region’s annual Bike Commute Challenge is a free, friendly contest between workplaces, ad-hoc teams and/or your own performance the previous year to see whose commuters can bike the most or the farthest on their way to work in September.

If they’d like, participants can use bikes for only part of their trip. Routes can fall anywhere in the state or metro area, including Clark County on the Washington side of the Columbia.

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Bike Commute Challenge wraps up with big party at City Hall

Friday, October 11th, 2013
Seeing City Hall’s courtyard completely lined
with bikes was a treat of its own.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Oregon’s annual Bike Commute Challenge wrapped up Thursday night with cheap beer, free pizza, prize raffles and the results of a month of online trip logging.

Unlike in recent years, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance held its afterparty inside Portland City Hall. It’s a small, beautiful building with an indoor atrium that created a fun multi-level interaction for a couple hundred attendees.

In all, this year’s challenge drew 10,555 riders at 1,290 workplaces, biking a collective 1.2 million miles. (Memo to the “freight community” from the “cyclist community”: that’s a lot of reduced road maintenance. We assume your check’s in the mail?)
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Bike Commute Challenge check-in: Intel & Nike, neck and neck

Friday, September 20th, 2013
A digital flier by the competitive geeks at Intel.

In Oregon’s epic battle of nerds versus jocks, the nerds are winning.

The gearheads, the nurses and the bureaucrats are on their tail, though.

With six weekdays left in the BTA’s annual Bike Commute Challenge, Intel employees have logged 16,117 miles of biking to lead the contest in total travel, while Nike employees are in second place across the region with 14,529.

Close behind are Daimler Trucks North America (13,880 miles), Oregon Health and Science University (13,679) and the City of Portland (13,348).

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‘Nerds vs Jocks’ and more fun rivalries on the way in Bike Commute Challenge

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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.

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BTA celebrates 1.25 million miles logged in ‘Commute Challenge’

Friday, October 12th, 2012
Jeff Capizzi (L) — shown here with BTA Director
Rob Sadowsky — logged 1,524 miles during September.
(Photo: Will Vanlue/BTA)

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) hosted a party in the Rose Quarter Wednesday night to congratulate riders and celebrate another successful Bike Commute Challenge. In the month of September, the event’s 11,745 participants (split into 1,395 teams) logged 1,278,343 miles while riding their bikes to and from work (those numbers are down slightly from 2011, see all results here).

At the party Wednesday night, participants were treated to free pizza, beer, and a big prize raffle. The BTA also awarded individuals for exemplary commuting and teams got to see where they stacked up against the competition. Teams are made up of employees from businesses and organizations across Oregon (split into three categories and then separated by number of employees). The challenge is to get the highest percentage of employees logging trips (it’s not based on total miles). (more…)

BTA toasts winners and all 11,000 participants of Bike Commute Challenge

Friday, October 8th, 2010
BTA Bike Commute Challenge Party-1
You’ve got to have a lot of
bike parking at a Bike Commute
Challenge pary.
(Photos © J. Maus)

At a packed party in the Central Eastside last night, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance announced results and gave out awards for winners of their annual Bike Commute Challenge. The month-long event that took place in September pitted businesses against each other in a friendly competition to see who could log the most trips to work by bike. Companies and non-profits competed in categories based on number of employees and other factors. (more…)

BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge off and rolling

Friday, September 10th, 2010
The team from the Portland City Attorneys Office.
(Photo: BTA)

If you’ve noticed that the roads are a bit more full of bikes than usual, it’s because the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge is underway. The month-long event is in its 16th year and if last year’s record-breaking participation is any indicator, there are likely to be several thousand brand new bike commuters on the roads.

The Challenge is a friendly competition between workplaces to see who can log the most trips by bike. There are over 1,100 teams and nearly 8,000 individuals currently logging trips on the BikeCommuteChallenge.com website. Once logged in, you can log your trips and even set up head-to-head competitions. Teams are separated into a number of categories based on size and other factors (like non-profits, public agencies, and so on). After results are tallied, the BTA hosts a big and awesome party to celebrate (read our report and photos from last year’s event).

Last year, riders logged over 1.2 million miles. One-third of the way through this month, riders have logged 262,624 miles.
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Commute Challenge riders log over 1 million miles in September

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Bike Commute Challenge Party-6.jpg
To the victor, go the spoils.
(Photos J. Maus)

Today is the last day of the BTA’s 13th annual Bike Commute Challenge.

The event, which is a friendly competition between businesses to see whose employees can complete the most bike trips in the month of September, broke records across the board this year. In fact, the popularity of the event caught the BTA a bit off-guard, causing their server to crash throughout the month as participants logged in to tally up their miles.
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