The National Bike Challenge is a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Endomondo to encourage people to ride. The stated goal is to get 50,000 people to bike 10 million miles. The event runs from May 1 through August 31.
The way it is set up allows individuals, communities, states and 10 person teams to compete against each other to accumulate the most ride points - 20 points for each day you ride plus 1 point per mile ridden. Communities are ranked by points per 1000 population.
My club's team led the state of Georgia through the pre-event warm up period and should be in pretty good position after today's rides. My town, Milledgeville, also led Georgia and was 10th in the nation in the warmup period. another Milledgeville team from Georgia College is right there with us. A day and a half into the real contest, Milledgeville sits in 1st place in Georgia and 11th in the nation. We are banking on doing well in this competition helping to generate some enthusiasm among the local civic leaders to step up the efforts to make our town more bike friendly and to recognize the potential of attracting bike tourism dollars.
Any of you folks involved where you live?