Being an advocate for bikes as a transportation alternative, I’ve got to share this story with you from the Miami Herald. It’s a report on one of professional basketball’s best athletes, LeBron James: a native of Ohio who is currently playing for the Miami Heat. Here’s the report.
Hoosier cyclists (and Wolverines making trips in Indiana) are taking to the road in a new commuting competition. You can earn bragging rights and win cool stuff by registering for the Challenge, “riding your drive” and logging your miles at www.BicycleIndiana.org.
An eligible “trip” is any ride that replaces an automobile trip (in other words, one in which you “ride your drive”). Cyclists can compete individually and/or as part of a team for honors in the top mileage and most commuter trip categories. The Competition started July 1, but it’s not too late to sign up and join in the fun. If you know the trips and mileage you have done since July 1, enter those miles retroactively. The contest ends on Sept. 30. While you don’t have to be on a team to participate, if you select Bike Michiana as your team and allow your mileage/trips to count in with others, Michiana cycling efforts are more likely to be recognized.
Bicycle Indiana will award prizes to the top three individual mileage and trip achievements and to the top club/group for mileage and trips. The top teams will win a “virtual trophy” that will remain on Bicycle Indiana’s Web site for one year. Club/group winners will be determined by the combined mileage or trips of the overall club/group members and not the registered competitors.
For the competition, a trip is defined as one leg of a ride. For example, a ride to work and back home is considered two trips; a ride to the store, then to dinner and then back home would count as three trips.
For more information and to register, visit Commuter Challenge. South Bend is a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Goshen is an Honorable Mention Bicycle Friendly Community. I encourage everyone to join the Bike Michiana team to show that we deserve those awards.
Bike to Work Week saw miles ridden in The Corporate Challenge increase to 26,154 from 16,179 (an increase of 74%). Also the number of teams increased to 119 from 111 (an increase of 7%) and South Bend closed off a street so the Bike Michiana Coalition could host an organic blueberry pancake breakfast.
Bike Michiana for Hospice saw the number of riders increase to 475 from 273 (an increase of 102%). Increases are expected again in 2011 since several new features will be added, including a 200 mile route.
The 2011 dates for these two popular Michiana events have been announced. Bike the Bend will be Sunday, May 15, 2011. Once again, it will be the kickoff for Michiana Bike to Work Week, which will run from Monday, May 16 through Friday. May 20.
These dates are changed from 2010, and once again puts the Michiana Bike to Work celebration in sync with the national event.