Calling all Pittsburgh area cyclists. BikePGH is looking to out-pedal Cleveland for our fair city to become the National Bike Challenge “Rustbelt Champion.”
The largest city to finish among the top 40 nationwide in 2012, Pittsburgh is facing off against arch-nemesis Cleveland to defend our standing as “Rustbelt Champion” by registering more cyclists and logging more miles than the competition.
“Let’s face it Pittsburghers hate to lose to Cleveland at anything” says BikePGH’s Scott Bricker “that’s why we’re strongly encouraging anyone who owns a bike in Pittsburgh to sign up and start logging miles.”
Bike Cleveland is working with Rustbelt Welding to fabricate a crown that will reside in the Rustbelt Champion’s city. The National Bike Challenge is a free and friendly competition open for all people to ride bikes for transportation, recreation, cleaner air, better health, and regional pride.
The online challenge software gives Pittsburghers the ability to participate as individuals, teams, workplaces, cities, and states. Riders sign up and log the mileage of their bike trips during the competition period and are able to see their standings on both the local and national levels. The National Bike Challenge is an easy addition to personal health plans and workplace wellness programs. A free smartphone app is available to allow users to automatically log trips while on the go.
Pittsburgh participants are eligible to win prizes on the local and national levels. The Pedal for Pints program, sponsored by OTB Bicycle Cafe, gives riders a free drink as they win each of the 5 challenge medals. Local promotion efforts are led by Bike Pittsburgh.
Where: www.nationalbikechallenge.org Make sure to add a local zip code to join the Pittsburgh effort.
When: The competition runs from May 1st, 2013 to September 30th, 2013. Registration is now open, and new riders can join at any time during the competition period.