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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 Commuter Challenge

Greetings.

Spring is here, Bike Month is just around the corner. Why not join 30+ businesses from around Columbus by registering your office for a little friendly competition, the 2009 Commuter Challenge.

What is the Commuter Challenge?
Is this a race? No. I don’t care for spandex. That’s OK. Do I need a bicycle? Well, yeah.
Who can replace the most automobile commutes with bicycle commutes? Points are awarded based on the number of trips per capita. Long and short rides, fast and slow rides: they all count the same. There are 5 categories based on company size (1–19, 20–99, 100–499, 500–999, 1000+). The 2009 Commuter Challenge will run for two weeks this year: May 4 - May 15, so mark your calendars. On Friday, May 15 all participants will be encouraged to converge on downtown Columbus for a lunch and award ceremony.

Register Your Team by emailing Matt Young for the form
Invite coworkers to join you
Suggest that coworkers get their bike tuned-up now for off-season rates at the local bike shops
Consider hosting a brown bag lunch meeting for those interested in trying bicycle commuting for the first time. Email biketoworkweek@gmail.com to schedule a time for a presentation at your workplace about Bike-To-Work Week Events coming up in May.
Invite your friends to create Challenge Teams in their office: neighboring employers, friends and neighbors. Please forward this email along. We need your help with this!
Check with your employer about being a sponsor for the Challenge Awards lunch on May 15. This can be in the form of a tax deductible donation to 501(c)(3) Consider Biking. We need $2500 to cover the lunch for all participants. Can you pitch in?

The point of all of this is to promote active transportation in Columbus. Let’s get out of our car onto a bike. Chances are if you try it for a week, you won’t want to go back. It’s a movement that will make our city more livable, more attractive and more fun. For more information about Columbus Bike-To-Work Week activities, go to the website: http://columbus.b2ww.org (website updates are coming soon).

I look forward to hearing from you with your registration and questions. Please feel free to forward this message to others.
Matt Young
B2WW Commuter Challenge Coordinator
Battelle Memorial Institute
youngms@battelle.org
ph: 614-424-3263
fax: 614-458-3263

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