The Get up & Ride National Bike Challenge ended August 31 with 30,000 riders, representing all 50 states, pedaling 12 million miles! While the NBC fell short of the 50,000 riders they hoped would participate, they exceeded their goal of 10 million miles.
This was the first year the challenge was organized as a national event. Washington State had 594 riders participating in the NBC and logging in over 228,000 miles. We had bike riders in communities large and small, urban and rural. People logged their miles in Seattle, Spokane, Bellingham, Port Angeles, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Pullman, Moses Lake, Walla Walla, Ellensburg, and more!
One of the cool things that emerged out of the NBC was the online encouragement and camaraderie. Each state had its own Challenge page and Washington riders regularly posted questions, comments, and words of encouragement to each other. Many are already looking forward to next year’s event. Posted one participant:
I enjoyed riding with you all during this challenge. I am already thinking about next year and hoping to see our WA participation go to 1,000 or more. I hope we all keep riding and promoting bicycling in our great state.
The Bicycle Alliance also held a random drawing of prizes for August participants and the winners are:
Corrie Rosetti (Lewiston-ID-WA) – Tifosi sunglasses
Tammy Neslin (Tri-Cities) – Tifosi sunglasses
Josh Miller (Seattle-Bellevue) – AG wallet
Tiffany Ostreim (Longview) – AG wallet
Winners need to email Louise McGrody by September 15 to claim their prizes.