Teams from AIA Engineers, BP, GVA, Shell, Sysco, Walter P Moore and more have logged 17,000 miles
The Houston 2015 Bike Challenge is rolling, with 71 organizations registered and already 17,000 miles logged by workplace teams riding for fun, fitness, transportation and prizes.
Cyclists from novices to experts are riding in the Houston Bike Challenge, a program from Love to Ride, an international social enterprise. Houston is one of just five United States cities selected for the program, designed to encourage non-riders and riders alike to start biking more often.
“It’s fun, it’s free, it’s all about encouraging more people, no matter their riding abilities, to hop on a bike and experience the joy of bicycling,” explains Kelly Rector, transportation coordinator for The Energy Corridor District, which is sponsoring the challenge with BikeHouston, a non-profit bicycling advocacy group.
Participation rather than distance is the key, so organizations that get the most staff riding for just 10 minutes will win prizes. Bicyclists log their rides at www.lovetoride.net/houston where a live, league table tracks the teams’ progress.
“You can ride anytime, anywhere you like during November,” says Rector.
The miles are racking up at companies in The Energy Corridor, where teams are riding the Houston Bike Challenge for a variety of reasons, including fitness, organizational teambuilding and commuting. There are teams representing organizations large and small, including riders from AIA Engineers, BP, CITGO, ConocoPhillips, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Memorial Athletic Club, Shell, Sysco Corporation, Walter P Moore and Wells Fargo.
According to Love to Ride, its bike challenges have helped 40 percent of non-cyclists start biking weekly.
“The Houston Bike Challenge is great excuse to get out and explore the more than 50 miles of trails in The Energy Corridor,” says Rector
To learn more about trails, commuting bike maps and more in West Houston, visit The District’s “Bike/Walk” webpage here.