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The 2011 Bike Challenge

For the whole month of May, Traffic Solutions is bringing you the BIKE CHALLENGE as part of CycleMAYnia. As with our challenges every year, co-workers and friends can pannierparticipate by forming a team of five and registering using their existing Traffic Solutions Online account. You will earn points and prizes for riding your bike everywhere, any day in May! There are awesome prizes awaiting you, courtesy of the 2011 CycleMAYnia sponsors, which include our local bike shops, VeloPro, FasTrack, Cranky’s, Bicycle Bob’s and WheelHouse, as well as Horny Toad Active Wear, Lezyne, and Thule.

So, how does it work?

The Bike Challenge is a friendly competition with five-member teams making round-trips by bike instead of by car. Team members log each day they bike on their Commute Calendar. This Horny Toad giftcardyear teams who attend CycleMAYnia events earn extra points. At the end of the competition, the 1st place team and other top teams win a variety of prizes. Businesses can also compete for prizes and glory. The Bike Challenge is open to anyone who lives or works in Santa Barbara County, as well as local businesses. Log-in to your existing Traffic Solutions Online account (or create one) and register your team.
 

When can I register?
The Bike Challenge is open for registration and in full swing. Register now. Remember, when you want to access your team page, use the "My Challenge" button when you're logged in to your account as seen below.
My Challenge Button
How are teams formed?

Create your own team: Round up your friends, co-workers and family, and come up with a team name. Take some team photos and create your team on Traffic Solutions Online when registration is open in April. You can make your team "Restricted" and invite specific people to join your team or you can "Allow Anybody" to join.

Or join an existing team: Many people will have openings on their teams and will welcome you to join the team online.

Each team must have at least 2 "Converts" to qualify for prizes.
A "Convert" is either:
a)
 Someone who hasn't participated in our past Bike Challenges – OR –
b)
Someone who doesn't bike for transportation more than once a week on average (i.e. from Jan. 1 – Mar. 31 a convert would not have biked for transportation more than 13 days).

On the 1st of May, you will each begin to track the days you bike for transportation via your personal, web-based Commute Calendar. Registration begins April 11, and the Challenge begins on May 1, 2011.

Basic Bike Challenge Rules:

  • Each team has no more than 5 members.
  • Each team requires a minimum of two converts to be eligible for team prizes.
  • A "Convert" is either:
    a)  Someone who hasn't participated in our past Bike Challenges – OR –
    b) Someone who doesn't bike for transportation more than once a week on average (i.e. from Jan. 1 – Mar. 31 a convert would not have biked for transportation more than 13 days).
  • Points are earned for each day a qualifying bike trip is made and logged on your Commute Calendar.
  • A qualifying bike trip is a ROUND-TRIP. A qualifying bike trip is a utilitarian trip that might have been made by car but instead was made by bike, e.g. biking somewhere like work, school, a restaurant, or a friend's house to which you would have otherwise driven or taken a bus. Bike rides simply for recreation or training don't count for points as this is a challenge to use biking for transportation.
  • All participants earn 1 point per day, regardless of the number of daily round-trips or mileage.
  • Each team member must log at least 4 days during the Challenge to qualify for any team prizes.
Visit our Bike Challenge FAQ page or call us at 963-SAVE if you have more questions.
Remember, there are now TWO BIKE BUTTONS for you to use - one for work trips and one for non-work trips. Each type will earn your team a point for the Challenge. This addition will help us and your employers keep commuter statistics separate in the long run. If you didn't already know, the commute calendars that you use for the Bike and Commuter Challenges are the same calendars that commuters, businesses and Traffic Solutions utilize year round!
Bonus Points
  • Team Photo - upload a team photo and receive 5 bonus points for your team
  • CycleMAYnia event participation - if three or more members of your team attend a CycleMAYnia event together (by bike) and sign in, then you are eligible to check the CycleMAYnia 10 point box on your team page. (If there is no sign-in at the event, email Lori at llariva@sbcag.org.)
Picnic What are the prizes?

For the teams and individuals the prizes will be gift certificates to bike shops like FasTrack, Cranky's, and Wheelhouse, bike gear from VeloPro, Lezyne and Thule, gift certificates for Horny Toad and Nau active wear and more. Companies that compete can win celebratory picnics at their office site!

Prizes will be awarded to:

- 1st Place Team
- Top 31 ranked teams

- Club 31 - Special prize drawing for individual participants who bike everyday in May
- 1st Place Employers in five size tiers (1-10, 11-50, - 51-250, 251-500, 501+ employees)
- Individuals who win the weekly and grand prize drawing

Team Prizes

Grand Prize

$100 prize value - VISA cash card.

2nd Place

$80 prize value - FasTrack certificate.

3rd & 4th

$60 prize value – Horny Toad certificate.

5th-8th

$30 prize value – Cranky’s & WheelHouse bike shop certificates.

9th – 31st

$10 prize value – iTunes gift card.

The top 31 teams win prizes (listed as prize per team member).


Individual Prize Drawings

Quick Team Captain Prize

Lezyne pump and micro caddy, and iTunes cards

Week 1

Sunlite Rack & Pannier

Week 2

Lezyne frame pump

Week 3

Zany bike light kit

Week 4

Bell trailer

Grand Prize

Thule Car Rack (Raceway2)

Club 31 Prize FasTrack $100 certificate

The more bike days you log for the week or month, the greater your chances are of winning that drawing.


The top employer in each tier will win a picnic at their worksite for their employees.

Employer Category

# of Employees

Small Employer

11-50 employees

Medium Employer

51-250 employees

Medium-Large Employer

251 - 500 employees

Large Employer

501+ employees 

Your company’s score for the month-long Bike Challenge will be based on: number of eligible round-trips logged by your employees ÷ total number of employees your company has in Santa Barbara County.








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How do businesses compete?

There are five employer categories (based on size). The winner of each tier will receive either inverted U bike racks or bike lids to install at their office site. The company rankings will be visible here. Contact llariva@sbcag.org for more details on registering your company.

 

How do I stay in the loop? 

Make sure you're signed up for our newsletters or become our fan on facebook, under Traffic Solutions or CycleMaynia :) You can also visit our Bike Challenge FAQ page or call us at 963-SAVE if you have more questions.

Many thanks to the 2011 CycleMAYnia sponsors who are providing gear and certificates for Bike Challenge winners:

FasTrack Bicycles, Cranky's Bikes, Wheelhouse, VeloPro, Horny Toad, Lezyne and Thule.

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