Frequently Asked Questions About Wisconsin’s Bike Challenge

by wendysoucie on April 28, 2012

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Local Lodi Citizens Biking If you enjoyed the 2011 Bike Challenge, you’re going to love the Wisconsin Bicycle Federations’s new and improved 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge. With simple web navigation and trip logging, this year’s website at Endomondo.com makes participating in the Challenge a snap. Plus, the line-up of 2012 Challenge prizes are bigger and better. You could win a bicycle vacation or a new bike!  But if you have some questions, this will help to alleviate your concerns.


New Features

One new feature in 2012, is that the Wisconsin Challenge is tied into a National Challenge. This means there will be a leaderboard for each state to see which one bikes the most. Last year, Wisconsin totaled over 1 Million bike miles. Wisconsin has a challenge goal of 2 Million bike miles this year. We need your help in making sure Wisconsin wins bragging rights for racking up the most bicycling miles! Every ride around the block counts. Your transportation ride,  recreational trail ride or exercise interval on two wheels counts!

Step One

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The first step is to get signed up. Even though you may have participated last year, you still have to sign up for the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge. You can keep your current Endomondo account, but if you don’t sign up for the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge, your trips/miles won’t be counted.

Join the Challenge now for a fun, social way to experience all the awesome bicycling Wisconsin has to offer!

Frequently asked questions you might be wondering about:

  1. What type of miles count? The Wisconsin Bike Challenge is for anyone who loves to bike. Whether you are mountain biking, bicycle commuting, or enjoying a Sunday ride with the family, all outdoor bicycling counts toward Challenge points!
  2. Do miles on an exercise bike count? No. Unfortunately, you can’t count your spinning miles at the gym or in the basement towards the Challenge. We want people to get out and enjoy the fantastic bikeways in Wisconsin.
  3. How many people on a team? A team consists of 10 people or less. If a team fills up, just have someone else from the workplace start a new team.
  4. Does my team rack up points for my workplace? No. For employees who sign up with their employer, it’s their individual points that count towards the workplace leaderboard, not team points.
  5. How do I promote the Challenge within my workplace? Use our Wisconsin Bike Challenge Toolkit for a poster, employee email template and other great info to easily promote the Challenge at work!
  6. General Information
  7. Who is organizing the Challenge?  The Challenge is a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong,
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Endomondo – a mobile based sports and fitness tracking community.
  8. What is the Challenge? The Challenge is an exciting new program that encourages people to bike for transportation and
    recreation. It is open and free to anyone who lives in the U.S. or works for an organization with U.S.
    employees.
  9. What is the history of the Challenge?  2012 is the first year of the Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge. In 2011, Kimberly-Clark
    partnered with the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation to successfully pilot a Wisconsin statewide challenge. Since 2009, Kimberly-Clark Corporation has offered the Get Up & Ride Challenge internally to its more than 50,000 employees.
  10. How Is the Challenge organized?  The Challenge is organized on two levels, National and Community.
  11. What is a Community?   Communities as defined for the National Challenge are based on the Metropolitan and
    micropolitan statistical areas (metro and micro areas) are geographic entities defined by the
    Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting,
    tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics. The term “Core Based Statistical Area” (CBSA) is a
    collective term for both metro and micro areas. A metro area contains a core urban area of
    50,000 or more population, and a micro area contains an urban core of at least 10,000 (but less
    than 50,000) population. Each metro or micro area consists of one or more counties and
    includes the counties containing the core urban area, as well as any adjacent counties that have a
    high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the
    urban core.
  12. For further information go to: http://www.census.gov/population/metro/
    o For an MSA Map go to this website:
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Wendy Soucie and Mike Nelson Enjoy biking and riding across the Merrimac Ferry

Wendy Soucie and Mike Nelson Enjoy biking and riding across the Merrimac Ferry

What are you waiting for? Sign up for the Activate Lodi Team and help us hit the 2Million mile goal. Here is the registration page for the Wisconsin National Bike Challenge

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