May is Bicycle Month in Austin, and the City of Austin is teaming with Bicycle Sport Shop to promote the City-wide Austin Commuter Challenge. The Challenge works to promote cycling as a green alternative for trips to work, lunch, errands or other destinations that City employees would normally take by car. The Challenge is FREE, beginner-friendly, and everyone is encouraged to compete. Those who face lengthy commutes will be encouraged to use cycling in conjunction with city buses to reach their destination. Trips are the unit that will be counted, rather than miles to encourage people to take those 40% of all car trips, within a 3 mile radius of your home.

We want you to remember when riding a bike was fun! It still is, and can be incorporated into your daily routine with a little practice. Bicycle Sport Shop’s Austin Commuter Challenge’s purpose is to reunite Austinites with the joys of bike riding while illustrating the benefits to our health, environment and community. Our goal is 97,000 pound of carbon reduced, 470,000 calories burned, and $22,000 saving in gas money.

In addition to our environmental goals we will be encouraging participants to record their routes at MapMyRide.com MapMyRide has agreed to aggregate the recorded data allowing us to gain perspective on our future infrastructure needs.

Registration for the Austin Commuter Challenge begins April 2, when Mayor Will Wynn issued a proclamation stating that May is the official Austin Commuter Challenge Month.

Form your teams now to compete beginning May 4th through May 31st. There will also be a Friends and Family Challenge beginning May 11th through the 17th.

An “after party” will be held in appreciation for the competitors’ participation on June 6th at Bicycle Sport Shop 517 S. Lamar with live bands, food, libations, and an awards ceremony.

If you would like to register a team to compete in the Challenge or would like to find out more about the event please visit austincommuterchallenge.com, bicyclesportshop.com, or visit either Bicycle Sport Shop location.