Bike More Challenge
the Bike More Challenge continues to evolve. This year, in tandem with the BTA becoming the Street Trust, there's a new set of graphics and branding. The social component of "encouragement" also is increasingly important.
Businesses compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike and log their trips between May 1-31. We use a simple points model to allow workplaces to compete with each other across their size category (see the points system below). The points system has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and exciting competition, and to strongly encourage workplaces to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory!There's a Salem-Keizer division, with 30 teams currently registered. There could be a whole lot more!
It’s not just about who can ride the most miles, but also who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try. Of course, if you log more miles and more trips you'll earn more points (and have a shot at some special individual prizes), but the fastest way to earn more points is to encourage more people to get on a bike and ride!
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Trips don't have to be commutes, do note. It's now the "bike more" challenge not the "bike commute" challenge. So errands, shopping, beer and cider tasting, Minto Bridge checking out - they all can count!
There's also the new bike lanes downtown on Church and High to try out if you haven't already.
For Kids: Walk and Roll Challenge, Fire up Your Feet
The Walk and Bike Challenge has also evolved, into the Walk and Roll Challenge. It is keyed to Walk and Roll to School Day on the 10th.
In years past about 4 Salem area schools have participated, so there's lots of opportunity here to grow it.
There is also the Fire up Your Feet competition.
If you have kids in the schools, check 'em out and think about participating on your own or even organizing a wider participation.
Also for Kids: Skills Fairs
The Salem Bicycle Club is working on some projects. From the May newsletter:
The Salem Bicycle Club will be helping with several Bicycle Skills Fairs in May and June. We will be at Washington Elementary on May 19 and Harritt Elementary on June 3. The Club will have a short family ride as part of the Keizer Iris Festival on May 21. We can always use help for these events, too
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It’s a Transportation Fair for Salem Refugees! We’re planning to distribute 30+ children’s bikes and helmets. We’ll also have information booths and translators for the adults and teens in the following areas; bikes, public transportation, and navigating the DMV. We’ll try to match “transportation independence” volunteers to specific individuals. (This is big!) The Boy Scouts are going to be running the kids through a little bike-rodeo safety training. Right now the Northwest hub is accepting monetary and bicycle donations for the event.Bike Boulevard Open House no. 2
an Open House on Wednesday, May 24th:
Join nationally-renowned walking expert Dan Burden and come learn how YOU can help Salem build an Active & Age-Friendly Transportation Network!The Open House is from 4pm to 7:30pm in the Center 50+ on Highland and Portland Road, 2615 Portland Road NE.
4pm-6pm Winter Maple Bikeway Open House (Give feedback on the newest progress update.)
5pm-6pm Neighborhood Walk with Community Leaders (Learn how healthy streets create healthy neighborhoods.)
6pm-7:30pm Presentation and Q & A with Dan Burden
Light snacks and refreshments provided by North Salem High School catering.
Raffle prizes have been donated by the following local businesses: South Salem Cycleworks, The Bike Peddler, NW Hub, and Salem Summit
Do you know of other events? There might be more!