The League of American Bicyclists’ second annual National Bike Challenge – which encouraged Americans to log miles on their bikes from May 30 to Sept. 30 grew by 50 percent this year.
Nearly 35,000 Americans logged 18 million bike miles during this year’s challenge, according to a press release by LAB today.
Top participating states were Vermont, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Top communities were Lincoln, Neb., Madison, Wis., and Pittsburgh, Penn. Winning universities were Utah State, Wisconsin (Madison), and Nebraska (Lincoln).
The Boeing Co. was among the top five companies participating.
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation and presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the free program encouraged bicyclists of all ages and abilities to get back on their bikes, ride further, and experience the extraordinary health benefits of bicycling while helping reduce their environmental impact.
In 2013, the Challenge engaged more than 3,600 communities across the country. Recognizing the boost to employee health and to the planet, more than 8,000 companies and nonprofits participated in the 2013 Challenge, including UPS, Target Corp., Facebook, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Microsoft Corp.
“Kimberly-Clark is thrilled to see so many people from around the country, including our own employees, participating this year,” said Peggy Ward, senior sustainability consultant at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. “We’re proud of our commitment to support employee health activities while helping to preserve the environment — and we’re excited about the improvements planned for the National Bike Challenge in 2014!”
“Every single day, the Challenge has inspired people to ride their bikes — even in our own office, which is full of quite committed riders already!” League President Andy Clarke said. “The stories of individual triumph, increased corporate awareness of biking, friendly club competition, and community pride generated by the Challenge this year are priceless. Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their story.”
Mette Lykke, CEO of Endomondo, the official tracking app for the Challenge, said she was happy to see so many people participate in this year’s event. “The fact that nearly 35,000 participants covered more than 18 million miles to burn more than 400,000 calories shows that fitness can be fun and engaging when coupled with social interaction,” she said.