May is National Bike Month. If you’ve been looking for a good reason to park your car and take your bike instead – this is it! Monday, May 1, 2017 through Wednesday, May 31, 2017 is the third annual Provo Bike Challenge. Whether you are a current bicyclist or a new rider this event is for you!
Make every day count
When days are long – ride for fun, to work, any time you can! This event is an easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues, and the Provo community to ride more. Participants are asked to record their daily/weekly miles ridden (using the Strava app) and points will be awarded throughout the challenge. They are awarded in the following two ways:
- 20 points are awarded for each day you ride at least 1 mile
- 1 point is awarded each mile ridden
Miles must be logged to the day they were ridden and rides can be logged at anytime over the month but must be logged or synced by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Prizes and Awards
All participants who live, work, or go to school in Provo are eligible for prizes and awards. Prize winners will be randomly selected each week for participation and award winners will be announced at the end of the challenge. Those who finish at the top of their category will be selected at the end of the challenge in 3 different categories:
- Work Site/ Organization (a min of 5 people)
- Individual – Female
- Individual – Male
Award winners will be honored on Tuesday, June 20 during Provo City’s Council Meeting and will receive a Provo Bike Challenge 2017 trophy.
Join the Challenge
- In order to participate in the challenge you must have a free Strava account. You can create one at nationalbikechallenge.org or strava.com.
- In Strava, click explore and the clubs to find your workplace and worksite. If you can’t find your business talk to your HR representative or add it yourself.
- You will be automatically added to the advocacy challenge based on your residential or work address that you used when signing up for an account.
- Don’t forget to check out our list of bike events found at provo.org/bikemonth and mark your calendar for a month full of bicycling celebrations!
- Please direct any questions about the Mayor’s Bike Challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating Workplaces and Worksites
- Register for the Challenge at https://nationalbikechallenge.org. If you don’t have a personal Strava account already, you will create one in this step. A best practice to simplify management of club hierarchies is the inclusion of a “dummy” administrator. For example, BYU has created “BYU NBC” account to facilitate club management.
- Go to Strava.com and click on Explore and the Club. Create a “Club” of the type “company/workplace.” Create any worksites. The highest level of the club should be the basic company name, for example, The City of Provo, Google Fiber, BYU, etc. If a company wants to enable competition between worksites, the following naming convention is suggested: “companyname_location”. For example, “Provo_Parks”, or “Provo_Police.”
- Go back into the National Bike Challenge site and import the new “club” into the Challenge. This is done by clicking their name in the upper right corner of the screen, highlighting Settings in the drop down menu. Select Groups from the list on the left side of the page. The newly created “club” should be in the list “GROUPS AVAILABLE FOR IMPORT.” Import the newly created club and select workplace/company as the group type. Add any worksites you created in step 3.
Creating an account on the National Bike Challenge also makes you eligible for National prizes and awards. Feel free to keep logging your riding hours after the month of May to continue to participate and compete in the “National Bike Challenge”. For more information about the National Challenge click here.