The Bike Commuter Challenge is Back!

30 Apr

Giant Escape

May is Bike Month in Richmond, and the city is joining forces again with Ride Richmond, Giant Bicycles, and other sponsors to organize the 2nd annual Bike Commuter Challenge.  This is a great time to try commuting if you haven’t before; or if you already commute by bicycle, nudge that c0-worker or friend who you think might be tempted to ride along.

Here are the details from the press release:

The Commuter Challenge, a part of Richmond Bike Month, is a great way to discover just how easy, affordable, and healthy bike commuting can be. We will be celebrating bicycle-friendly employers and sending along helpful tips to make your commute the best part of your day.

Participants are encouraged to ride their bicycles to and from work and report the days commuted at the end of the week for the entire month of May. Each week participants can win bike gear from Giant, Richmond2015, and local bike shops, and one lucky winner will ride away with a Giant Escape city bike!

A bicycle may be used for part of the commute, such as to join a car pool or ride the bus. Participants can register online now through May 6, and are able to log their weekly commutes at All commutes must be reported on the website by Friday, June 7, and the results will be announced by June 15.

Bike to Work Day will be celebrated May 17. The Richmond celebration will again take place in Monroe Park, meeting at 7:00 am to leave at 7:30. Refreshments will be provided.

RideRichmond is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to cycling education, culture, legislation, and empowerment. More information about Bike Month events, including group rides, weekly statistics, and promotions can be found on  Contact with any questions.


3 Responses to “The Bike Commuter Challenge is Back!”

  1. Bob Burch May 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

    The challenge for us using the Boulevard Bridge is walking the bike across on the sidewalk. Whats with all the new signs…”riding bikes on the bridge is against the law,walk your bike”. Seriously ?!What law? Should it not say,” be courteous and pass walkers with caution”.
    Guys and gals, please, slow down or stop when approaching a walker and be courteous on the bridges and trails.

    • bikeablerichmond May 2, 2013 at 3:42 PM #

      Did they post new signs? There have been signs prohibiting bike riding on the side path for a while. But I agree with you entirely, Bob, that it makes much more sense to ask cyclists to be courteous. My understanding is that the authority in question is the RMA, and I don’t know if they’ve been approached directly about a possible change.

  2. John Cario April 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM #

    sounds good to me, any Mech to RVA bikers ?

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