The 2009 edition of Bike to Work Week kicks off in Columbus in just two more weeks. This year’s event lineup has expanded to cover the whole month of May.
“Bike to Work Week is a chance for people all over Central Ohio to get the bikes out of their garages and cycle in to work, perhaps for the first time,” says B2WW organizer Austin Kocher. “We also have workshops and activities scheduled throughout May to give all cyclists a taste of the city’s diverse and vibrant bicycle community.”
The main event of Bike to Work Week is the “Challenge” which pits teams of local cyclists against each other to see who can compete for the most trips taken by bike over the course of 11 days. Teams are backed by local businesses and are scored with a ratio based on number of employees at each company. The winners will be announced at a luncheon event on May 15th.
As of this evening, 38 teams have registered with a total of 478 participants on board. Anyone can view the list of teams, or sign up to join/create a team here.
Another way that local businesses are getting involved is by designating themselves as “Bicycle Friendly Businesses” during the month of May. “Bicycles are good for business because they ease parking and traffic problems and create safer, friendly streets,” says Restaurateur and Organizer Elizabeth Lessner, who will be offering “2-wheel discounts” to cyclists wearing helmets into her restaurants during the challenge.
More information about Bike to Work Week can be found online at B2WW.org.