Local challenge for bicyclists in the region


Greene County News

DAYTON — Bike Miami Valley is encouraging bicycle ridership across the region by hosting the local Advocacy Challenge of the National Bike Challenge. People cycling in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties can participate.

The National Bike challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders. The challenge runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

Any person who rides a bike can participate to win great prizes just by registering and counting their rides each and every time. Riders are encouraged to make personal goals, compete with friends and coworkers, or just be part of the biggest group bicycle ride ever. But the National Bike Challenge is so much more than that. It is a community of people who all share a love of riding bikes. With competition possibilities on the local, state and national level, it is a free and easy way to challenge yourself and the greater community to ride a bicycle more often.

Many bicycle clubs, workplaces, and businesses will have team challenges which are a great way to set-up a small or large group challenges to get people participating. Bike Miami Valley hopes to activate more than 1,000 riders, beating last year’s goal of 546 people.

To make tallying your rides easy, you can use compatible smart phone apps such as MapMyRide, Endomondo, Strava and others. Just login and start riding – it’s that easy. Bike Miami Valley will automatically count your participation in the Advocacy Challenge when you enter your local zip code during registration. Visit the National Bike Challenge website at www.nationalbikechallenge.org to learn more and sign-up today.

Bike Miami Valley has deep roots in South West, Ohio. It drafted one of the nation’s first regional bikeway plans in 1973. This proved instrumental in the development of much of the recreational trail system you might be familiar with today. Today Bike Miami Valley is focused on current cycling movements and the region’s growing cycling community. They are the founders of the Miami Valley Cycling Summit, an event held biennially that focuses on rallying communities around the economic development benefits of cycling.

The latest accomplishment to our record is hiring full-time staff and launching Dayton’s bike share program, Link, in May of 2015. Bike Miami Valley is recognized as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists. For more information visit Bike Miami Valley www.bikemiamivalley.org.

Story courtesy of Bike Miami Valley.

Story courtesy of Bike Miami Valley.

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