Utah State University won first place in the college/university division of the National Bike Challenge, logging more miles from more cyclists than any other school. The 220 USU students and employees registered for the competition rode 76,157 miles, burned more than four million calories, averted 28,604 pounds of carbon dioxide and saved $17,957.
Utah State University Sustainability Council, Aggie Blue Bikes and Employee Wellness Program collaborated on the event to encourage more students and employees to try cycling as a healthy, low carbon transportation option.
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 92,000 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 accumulated 188,277 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.
USU celebrated the victory Oct. 1 with a “Bike to Breakfast” served by USU Dining Services with local eggs from Oakdell Egg Farms, pancakes from Central Milling Company and potatoes from Johnson Family Farms.
“It was a team effort from all the participants at USU to pull out our second win in the National Bike Challenge in the three years we have participated,” said Alexi Lamm, USU Sustainability coordinator. “We came out ahead of lots of universities with dedicated cyclists, including University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, BYU and Colorado State. USU did something special this year. When Aggies all contribute a little, it makes a big difference.”
Aggie Blue Bikes and the Sustainability Council recognized overall USU winners at Open Streets Festival Oct. 6. University winners include:
- Top male rider, 1st place: Steve Simms, archaeology; Runner-up: Jeff Horsburgh, civil & environmental engineering
- Top female rider, 1st place: Kristine Miller, English; Runner-up: Peg Arnold, Utah Public Radio
- Top points per team member, 1st place: USU Biology & Natural Resources; Runner-up: USU Public Relations
- Top points per team, 1st place: USU Information Technology; Runner-up: USU Facilities
About The National Bike Challenge
The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form, it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The Challenge is a successful partnership between PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.
About the USU Sustainability Council
The Utah State University Sustainability Council formed in 2007 after the university signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The council seeks to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the ACUPCC as well as conserve resources and enhance quality of life by promoting sustainability in USU’s operations, academic and service missions. Members of the council include faculty, staff, students and community members.
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