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2010 Austin Commuter Challenge

April 7, 2010

Ride your bike for a change.

May is just around the corner and that means the return of bike month and the Austin Commuter Challenge. In 2009, 300 participants logged more than 8,491 trips for a total of 34,769 miles which reduced 67,452 lbs. of carbon from our atmosphere, burned 3,268,286 calories and saved over $17,000 in auto expenses. This year’s challenge has been supercharged as we are adding an opportunity to win $1000 in prizes just for participating. The winners will take home the coveted Austin Commuter Challenge Trophy Cup.

Let’s face it. Most of us take cars everywhere—to the corner store, the gym, school, work. Everywhere. And, more often than not, it’s just a short trip. In fact, about 40 percent of all travel is within two miles of home and about 90 percent of it by car. Unfortunately, that’s also when cars create the most pollution. Next time, take your bike—and take the 2010 Austin Commuter Challenge.

Why sign up? Well, it’s good for you. It’s good for the planet. And it’s just good, clean fun. Simply register a team of your friends, family, co-workers—or fly solo—to pedal for thousands of dollars in prizes, all while helping fight climate change.


The Austin Commuter Challenge offers 3 categories of competition. Each challenge competes on trips. Trips to the store, to the movies, your favorite watering hole, or work all count. Anytime you would normally turn a key, but instead travel by bike you get to log a trip.  It doesn’t matter how far your ride, just that you ride. So weather you ride 5 miles or 50, each one-way destination constitutes a trip. For example: Ride to work 1 trip + Ride home 1 trip = 2 trips.  It’s that simple!  Trips equal points and the more points you have the better your chances of basking in the glory that is winning the 2010 Austin Commuter Challenge!

30 Day Team or Individual  Challenge – These challenges were designed for people who are gluttons for punishment. Who will rack up the most trips during the month of May? Who will persevere and stand victorious atop the podium?

Bike Week Family Challenge – This seven day challenge was designed with families and beginner cyclists in mind. Get the kids involved – teaching our kids that getting outdoors and using human power is good for them and the world they live in. You do not have to be a family to compete in this challenge, but lots of families are!  Does your family have what it takes?

Note that if your sole purpose is to ride for fitness those trips will not count in the commuter challenge this year. But, if you are looking for a competition based on miles for fitness riders, check out the Race to Paris or visit

Need a little extra inspiration before you put the rubber to the road? Check out this video from People for Bikes. Let us know if they left off any of the reasons you ride!

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