USU Celebrates another Successful National Bike Challenge
Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016
As the National Bike Challenge draws to its 2016 close, Utah State University thanks the campus participants with a 'Bike to Breakfast' celebration Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Aggie Blue Bikes shop.
Potatoes anyone? Potatoes are included in the hot breakfast and are provided by Johnson Family Farms.
Breakfast coordinated and served by USU Dining Services
Utah State University defended first place in the college/university division of the National Bike Challenge, logging more miles from more cyclists than any other school in 2015. Almost 250 USU students, faculty and staff registered for the 2016 competition and have ridden approximately 75,000 miles over the five months of the competition, burning more than four million calories, averting 30,000 lbs. of CO2 and saving $18,000.
Utah State University Sustainability Council, Aggie Blue Bikes and the Employee Wellness Program collaborated on the event to encourage more students and employees to try cycling as a healthy, low carbon transportation option. The university will celebrate the end of the competition with Bike to Breakfast Sept. 30, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Aggie Blue Bikes.
Bike to Breakfast is served by USU Dining Services with local eggs from Oakdell Egg Farms, pancakes from Central Milling Company and potatoes from Johnson Family Farms.
“Ranking in the National Bike Challenge is becoming an Aggie tradition,” said Alexi Lamm, USU Sustainability Coordinator. “We’ve participated four years, and we’re hoping for a third win in 2016. We collaborated to also cycle in the Cache Valley Bike Challenge this year. With almost 500 cyclists participating in the valley and everyone contributing a little, we’ve made a big difference.”
The National Bike Challenge is a national competition where users log miles cycled for fun, fitness and transportation from May 1 to Sept. 30. More than 45,000 participants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia logged miles throughout the competition, receiving 20 points for every day they rode at least one mile and one point for every mile they rode. Utah State University has accumulated more than 190,000 points over the five months of the competition. Participants were eligible for prizes at the national and university levels. Kimberly-Clark Corporation and PeopleForBikes sponsor the Challenge.
Aggie Blue Bikes and the Sustainability Council will recognize overall USU Bike Challenge winners at the annual Open Streets Festival Oct. 4. Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. This year the Employee Wellness Program and Campus Recreation have contributed bicycles that will also be awarded by random drawing to participants of the USU Bike Challenge who logged at least 50 miles over the summer.
Contact: Alexi Lamm, USU Sustainability coordinator, 435.797.9299, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: TJ Hall, Aggie Blue Bikes coordinator, 435.797.8139, email@example.com