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How does it work?

When you’re ready to sign up, see if your team is already registered. If it isn't, register yourself and your team at the same time. You will become the Team Captain, by default. (This can be easily changed.) Here’s what happens next:

  • If you’re the captain, invite your coworkers or friends to register and join your team
  • Download the challenge app for iPhone or Android. Don't have a smartphone? Log your trips here. This year, we're also introducing Strava integration! Sign up here.
  • Log all of your bike trips, wherever you go!
  • Keep tabs on how your team is doing — team rankings are updated in real time. Transportation Alternatives will award:

    + The teams (six awards, one per size category) with the highest number of trips
    + Individual riders with the most miles (five winners, one per borough).

 

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Who can participate?

Teams of all sizes in the five boroughs are welcome to join the Challenge. Whether your friends hit the park for laps every evening, or you're trying out commuting by bike with coworkers, the Bike Month Challenge is for you!

The Bike Month Challenge is 100 percent free. It’s perfect for cycling veterans and newbies alike. We'll individually award the mileage kings, but even one trip, part-way, counts as much as a long trip to the success of your team.

Previous challenge participants include thousands of employees at more than 600 corporations and nonprofits including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Tiffany and Co., Streeteasy, Etsy, Con Edison, Google New York, Amplify Education, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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What’s in it for you

Bragging rights, a fresh perspective on biking NYC and tons of great prizes!

And if your company’s leadership is looking to boost productivity and lower costs, look no further: bike commuters are proven to lower healthcare premiums and be loyal to employers who value their lifestyle.

At the end of the challenge, Transportation Alternatives will honor the winning teams and individuals and applaud everyone who rode in the Challenge.

 

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What does a team captain do?

The team captain has administrative abilities on the website — they can add and delete team members, change passwords, email the entire team, and more. For workplace teams, the team captain may also take on social responsibilities if they so choose, organizing bike commuters' events or benefits with their company. Transportation Alternatives will provide each team captain with promotional materials for their office. And if two people are interested in sharing these responsibilities, we can easily add a co-captain to any workplace team. Captains will win an individual prize as well as share in the team prize.

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I biked to multiple locations: can I log all of my trips?

Yes! This year we are removing the two-ride limit from the Bike Month Challenge, so bike your heart out! However, be aware that Transportation Alternatives staff does review unusual submissions, so be prepared to explain how you managed that double century before breakfast.

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How we do the math

We're going to do something a little different this year - we'll award prizes to the top three (3) organizations who log the most trips for their size catagory, the top three (3) individual riders by total mileage, and finally the top team by total mileage.