The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is participating in two events for National Bike Month; The National Bike Challenge and Bike to Work Day. National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month — and help get more people in your community riding too!
Please help promote this event. We'd like to see as many UT Southwestern students, staff, and faculty participating as possible. Send an email to Marc Mumby (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the UT Southwestern Bike Month email list.
Download and print copies of the Bike Month flyer to post in your work area.
Ride your bike, challenge yourself, compete for UT Southwestern, compete for Texas
and… save the planet!
The National Bike Challenge is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the Bikes Belong Coalition, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and powered by Endomondo. The Challenge is designed to inspire Americans to get up and ride bicycles more often.
Record your rides online and you’ll automatically see the miles you’ve ridden, the calories you’ve burned, and the gas money you’ve saved. You can connect and share stories with other riders and follow The Challenge on the Facebook page.
You’ll be part of a social network of more than fifty thousand riders (we hope) logging over ten million miles across the nation, demonstrating the power of the bicycle to build healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
The National Bike Challenge runs from May 1 to August 31, 2012 and is a fun way to take your bicycling to the next level, get back into bicycling, or bike for the first time.
Participating is easy (and free!)
Track your mileage – by entering it manually online or track it automatically via the free smartphone app. The smartphone app is the easiest way to do this. Just turn it on when you start your trip. When you turn it off at the end of your trip, the miles are automatically uploaded to your Endomondo account. Miles and points accrue to your individual account, your team, your workplace (UTSW), your community, and your state.
The Leaderboard - on the National Bike Challenge web site shows how you and UT Southwestern are doing in real time.
Prizes - prizes for teams and individuals will be awarded monthly. The more Challenge points you earn, the better your chances of winning a prize. You become eligible for prize drawings after you’ve logged just three days on your bike.
May 18th is National Bike to Work Day, organized by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage the use of alternative transportation by getting Americans to leave their cars at home one day a year. UT Southwestern is sponsoring this event to help raise awareness of this green and healthy alternative for getting to work.