Friday, June 11, 2010

Bike to Work Week 2010

Compete with other Chicagoland companies and organizations to get the highest percentage of employees to use a bike to get to work, at least once from June 12-18. Bike to Work Week is organized by the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit in Chicagoland.

The rules are simple – the team with the highest percentage of employees that use a bike, at least once, for some part of their commute, wins for their category (ie College/University) and division (based on the size of your department). The Active Transportation Alliance is also sponsoring commuter stations throughout the city on different days (one will be at Halsted & Roosevelt on June 12) – view them all at http://www.activetrans.org/commuterstations.

UIC teams have already signed up to participate.  To see the units on campus  that have signed up, visit http://www.activetrans.org/commuterchallenge/teams  and look under “UIC “or “University of Illinois at Chicago.”

The University of Chicago currently has the most teams in our category.

It’s not too late to start a team in your department or unit! To start a team, visit http://www.activetrans.org/btww_signup.

You don’t have to be on a team to participate, but it helps to track how many people at UIC ride their bikes to work.  You can publicize Bike to Work Week by putting up this flyer in your office: http://www.activetrans.org/sites/default/files/BTWW10_Shop_poster_Download.pdf

To chat with other bicycle enthusiasts on campus, or find out who may be riding from your neighborhood, be sure to join the conversation at bikes@uic.edu (a campus listserv).

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