May is just around the corner and we here at Portland Pedal Power couldn’t be more excited! May’s one of our favorite months of the year. Not only do some of the more interesting food events like BBQ Month and National Eat What You Want Day happen this month. Also, it’s National Bike Month! That means that the Bike More Challenge is about to begin, brought to us by our friends at the Street Trust.
THE BIKE MORE CHALLENGE
The Bike More Challenge has been around since 1995 and is celebrating its 24th year. They’ve been working to encourage people to get out of their cars and sitting on bicycles. Most of us here at PPP commute by bike and we can say that it’s certainly invigorating, though we aren’t sad to see winter go away. There are numerous statistics from all over the world stating the benefits of biking, from it’s lowered impact on the environment and positive health aspects. We’re convinced that biking also makes people more interesting and attractive but the results of those studies are yet to be published.
The Bike More Challenge is a friendly competition with the base goal of getting your friends, family, and colleagues to learn, enjoy, and experience the positive aspects of riding a bike. We’re pretty serious about the competition. We’ve won twice in the past. We want to win again, but we want it to be a challenge because that means more people are out there on bicycles out there!
Since it is a competition, there are prizes that will be awarded to various participants throughout the state. Some of the partners providing prizes include Laughing Planet Cafe, Showers Pass, Nossa Famiglia, Moberi, Breadwinner Cafe, and more! Get rewarded for logging your rides and encouraging others to ride. Just in the state of Oregon alone, more than 1,400 organizations and 30,000 people (including 7,500+ new riders) have ridden more than 14 million miles during 1.8 million rides and saving over 5.2 million lbs of CO2.
Registration is free, so join a team at work, log all of your rides over the course of the month. This is a great way to participate in National Bike Month. It’s especially great during National Bike to Work Week (May 13-19) and on National Bike to Work Day (May 17). Join up and be a part of the community and growing movement for healthy, thriving communities.
Here at PPP, we’ve got a larger team than last year, and we’re prepared to make sure we log every single mile! We’re ready to win in our size category and encourage people to join the movement!
Maybe you’ll be inspired to join us? Click here to register for the ride and let us know in the comments below if we should keep an eye out for you!