Join 75 organizations and 400 riders taking part to spread the joy of bicycling
There’s plenty of time left to join the West Houston Bike Challenge 2016 and win some fun prizes just for riding a bike.
Encouraging friends and coworkers to rediscover bicycling is one of the foundations of The West Houston Bike Challenge. Organized by Love to Ride, the challenge is designed to make it easy to log rides for chances to win prizes.
To join the fun, register for free online at Love to Ride’s West Houston Bike Challenge site, then ride for at least 10 minutes during October and record it on the site or in one of several fitness apps available for free in the Apple iOS or Google Android stores. You can even win prizes simply by encouraging others to join the challenge and log a ride.
Five members of The Energy Corridor District’s staff are biking the talk, having logged nearly 200 miles in less than two weeks. The District is sponsoring the West Houston Bike Challenge with Westchase District and Memorial District.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a bike, haven’t jumped on a bike in ages or ride all the time, everyone is encouraged to join this friendly challenge,” says Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for The Energy Corridor District. “Riding for fun, fitness or commuting can earn prizes.”
Rewards for riding include chances to win dream vacations in Vancouver or Croatia, B-Cycle memberships, Massage Heights gift card, free yoga classes, Salata restaurant gift cards, a membership to Memorial Athletic Club, a BikeHouston jersey and a Whole Foods gift basket with a gift card.
Riders from companies and organizations can encourage friendly competition via online leaderboards, which also allow participants to encourage others, post photos and share their experiences.
Mobile apps that sync with the West Houston Bike Challenge online site allow riders to automatically log their miles. Both the Ride Report and Moves apps are available for free in the Apple iOS app store and Google’s Android store. West Houston Bike Challenge rides can also be synched with popular fitness apps like Strava, MapMyRide and Endomondo.
Anyone in Houston can take part and compete, but only participants from West Houston partner areas (The Energy Corridor, Westchase and Memorial Districts) are eligible for prizes.
“Joining the challenge is a fun way to rediscover the joys of bicycling,” Rector says. “And there’s plenty of riding left in October to join the challenge for a chance to win prizes. Sign up today, encourage your friends and coworkers to join and ride, then log just 10 or more miles this month.”