The 2013 Commute Challenge presented by Adobe was a smashing success, and by smashing we mean that participants smashed records in almost all categories! Over 14,893 people everywhere from Washington state to Washington, D.C. logged their bike commute trips on our Commute Challenge website while challenging themselves and others to ride as much as possible during the month of May. That’s 22 percent more than 2012!
The Fremont Bike Counter recorded 108,000 bike trips in May, breaking the previous monthly record by 36,000 riders.
In just 31 days, riders logged 1.7 million miles (equivalent to taking 1700 cars off the road for a month) and offset 1.6 million pounds -or 86,000 gallons of gasoline worth- of carbon emissions.
Over 1,800 team captains from more than 1,000 organizations led the charge to get more folks on bikes and inspired over 3,400 newbies to try bike commuting for the first time. With a little peer encouragement and support during National Bike Month, thousands of people discovered or rediscovered the most convenient, economical, healthiest and most enjoyable way to get around town. Way to go!
So with those numbers to look back on, we hope you will ride with us in the 2014 Commute Challenge. To participate, you need only to start or join a team, commute at least four days throughout the month and track your trips online. It's simple and fun!
If bicycle commuting is new to you, this is a great program to get you started. The workplace teams are a great source of information and inspiration to keep you riding throughout the month. For seasoned commuters, it's about the challenge. Challenge yourself to recruit new riders, challenge your workmates to ride more, and challenge other local businesses to be a part of the solution.
The Commute Challenge offers some great features:
- Easy online trip logging tool
- Sleek calendar interface
- Simple registration process
- Team captains get a free t-shirt
- All riders get a free souvenir
- Blog feed with photo inspirations
- All participants are eligible for prizes