About the Bike to Work Challenge

 

The Bike to Work Challenge is a three-week long competition to find New York City’s happiest workplace, otherwise known as the office with the highest percentage of people who get to work by bike.

 

All workplaces in the Five Boroughs are welcome to join the Challenge, whether you are one or thousands. So put your mettle to the pedal and invite your co-workers to join your team and bike to work at least once, May 1 - 22. We’ll award the workplaces that have the highest percentage of participation during the Challenge. Earn awesome prizes, a new outlook on your morning commute and bragging rights at the water cooler - Transportation Alternatives will be supporting you every turn of the crank.

 

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About the Bike to Work Challenge


Who can participate?

Workplaces of all sizes in the five boroughs are welcome to join the Challenge. Whether you already employ a pack of seasoned bike commuters or you’re hoping to introduce bicycling to your office culture and reap the benefits of a healthy, productive workforce, the Challenge is a great way to get your staff engaged and excited about commuting by bike.

The Bike to Work Challenge is 100 percent free. It’s perfect for veterans and newbs alike - we’ll watch and award the mileage kings, but even one trip, just part-way, counts as much to your team’s success.

Last year challenge participants included thousands of employees at more than 600 corporations and nonprofits including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Tiffany and Co., Streeteasy, Etsy, D.E. Shaw Group, Google New York, Amplify Education, Inc. and Saks Fifth Avenue.

What’s in it for you?

Bragging rights, a fresh perspective on your daily commute and...oh yeah, tons of great prizes!

And if your company’s leadership is looking to boost productivity and lower costs, look no further:

Bike commuters are proven to lower healthcare 
premiums and stay with employers that value them.

At the end of the month, May 29, T.A. will honor the winning businesses and individuals at the Bike Home from Work Party, an under-the-stars blowout in Dumbo, Brooklyn in full podium-style with your name in lights on the Pearl Street Arch. We’ll applaud everyone who rode in the Challenge, announce the winners and celebrate the grand finale of Bike Month 2015.

How does it work?

When you’re ready to sign up, see if your workplace is already registered. If it isn't, register yourself and your workplace team at the same time. You will become the Team Captain, by default. (This can be easily changed.) Here’s what happens next:

  1. Invite your coworkers to register and join your workplace team
  2. Everyone logs their bike trips during Bike Month, May 1- 22.
  3. Keep tabs on how your team is doing - team rankings are updated real time
    1. T.A. recognizes the teams (seven, one per category) with the highest percentage of participating riders
    2. The teams with the most trips and miles (two possible winners)
    3. And the individual riders with the most miles (five winners, one per borough)
  4. Come to Dumbo, Brooklyn on May 29 and celebrate with Transportation Alternatives as the winning businesses and individuals are honored at the Bike Home from Work Party!

 

What does a team captain do?

The team captain has administrative abilities on the website -- and can add and delete team members, change passwords, email the entire team, and more. The team captain may also take on some social responsibilities at the workplace, organizing bike commuters' events or benefits with their company. T.A. will provide each team captain with promotional materials for their office. And if these two jobs are best done by separate people, we can easily add a co-captain to any workplace team.

Size categories

Since we’re judging the Challenge based on percentage of participation relative to workplace size, we’ve broken the competition into size categories to keep things fair. You’ll be facing off against other businesses of similar size.

  • 1-4 Employees
  • 5-24 Employees
  • 25-99 Employees
  • 100-499 Employees
  • 500-999 Employees
  • 1,000-4,999 Employees
  • 5,000 + Employees

 

What counts as a bike commute?

Any bike ride to or from work, partway or all of the way, counts as a trip. It’s that simple! New to biking? Not a problem - just one trip counts as much to improving your team’s ranking as someone who rides every day. (Mileage kings: don’t fret, your efforts are still recognized and will be crucial for tie-breakers.)

Your bike trip doesn’t necessarily have to take place in the five boroughs: if you live outside of NYC, just make a bike ride part of your commute at least once during the Challenge, May 1 -22.

And don’t forget to track your trips!

Host a brown bag lunch where veteran commuters can help new riders find a safe route, learn how to pack a change of clothes that doesn’t wrinkle, or freshen up after the ride.

How we do the math

Winners are determined by percentage of total employees at a workplace team (as reported by the team leader at sign up) who have tracked at least one trip during the three weeks of the Challenge. One winner will be named in each of the seven workplace size categories. We’ll use trips and mileage tie-breakers when necessary. In other words:

The number of riders whose trips tracked are > 0 / the total number of employes as reported by the team leader, expressed as and ranked by percentage

So, if your business has 50 employees and 40 people sign up to participate in the Challenge and 25 of them track at least one trip during the Challenge, May 1 - 22, your team will have a rating of 50%. So during the competition, check the standings diligently and exhort those of your co-workers who have signed up but not ridden yet. And get those new commuters to sign up! They are your best chance to hit 100%!

Prizes*

If the new perspective and extra money in your pockets you get from riding your bike to work for three weeks isn’t incentive enough, we’ve also got an amazing array of prizes to strive for.

Workplace Teams - Category Winners

Seven total team-winners will be named, by achieving the highest ranking during the Bike to Work Challenge in the team size categories, receiving:

A certificate confirming your win, presented at the Bike Home From Work Party during an exclusive podium presentation, with your company’s name in lights on the Pearl St. Archway in Dumbo, Brooklyn on May 29! And T.A. will send your office a framed picture of your team basking in the glory!

KIND Bars for all of your teammates at the office! And every team member of each of the seven winning teams will be entered into a prize drawing to win:

- Irving Farms Coffee Roasters Home Brewing Class - three spots, each with a plus 1
- siggi's dairy Office Refrigerator Refresh - one month of Icelandic yogurt
- Fleisher's Pasture-Raised Meats - Sausage Making Class - five spots, each with a plus 1
- One 2-day, 1-night fully supported bike tour from Gotham Bicycle Tours. Choose either our Montauk/Shelter Island Tour or our "Beaches to Farms Winery Experience" ride. Camping and meals included.

A week's worth of Vita Coco for your office! One team from the list of nine winners will be randomly selected to win this prize.  

A $25 gift certificate from Fluent City language classes for each member of a randomly selected team from the final list of nine teams.

Workplace Teams - Most Mileage and most Trips

Two total winners will be named, one each achieving the highest mileage and the most trips during the Bike to Work Challenge, receiving:

A certificate confirming your win, presented at the Bike Home From Work Party during an exclusive podium presentation, with your company’s name in lights on the Pearl St. Archway in Dumbo, Brooklyn on May 29! And T.A. will send your office a framed picture of your team basking in the glory!

Note: each of member of the two winning teams will be entered into the drawing for the above prizes (if the winning team is also a category winner, team members will only be entered once).  A team can only win one prize.  The prizes selected randomly will be drawn and awarded in the order listed above.

 

Individual Participants - the Super Commuters

Five total winners will be named, one participant from each borough, determined by home or work zip code, who rode the most miles during the Bike to Work Challenge, receiving:

A certificate confirming your win, presented at the Bike Home From Work Party during an exclusive podium presentation, with your name in lights on the Pearl St. Archway in Dumbo, Brooklyn on May 29!

A Novara cycling pack from REI, including:
-1 rack trunk
-Tubes
-Set of tire levers
-Patch kit
-Slider cage
-Head band

A high-quality bike bell, from Spurcycle

From Just Salad: a VIP bowl, a branded metal bike bottle, sports band and a free salad

 

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for?

Contact us at challenge@transalt.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BIKE TO WORK CHALLENGE VISIT THE FAQ PAGE

*The winners will be identified on May 29, 2015. A list of the winners can be obtained by contacting Transportation Alternatives at 212-629-8080 after June 3, 2015. The winner may be required by law to include the prize and its value in their tax filings. The estimated value of the prizes may be as high as $500. Any and all prize related expenses, including any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the winners.

Transportation Alternatives reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify or terminate these rules in the event of any act, occurrence or reason that may endanger the integrity, administration or fairness of this program. By participating in the Bike to Work Challenge, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Transportation Alternatives from any liability, claims, losses and damages arising out of or relating to their participation in the program or the use of any prize received.