We biked 1 million miles!

Click on the image to be taken to the Scott Challenge site and start logging your cycling miles.

Bicyclists across Wisconsin log 1,000,000 bicycle miles in the Scott® Get Up & Ride Wisconsin Bike Challenge 

Over 4,000 people across the state are participating in the Bike Fed’s Scott® Get Up & Ride Wisconsin Bike Challenge. Since the Challenge began on May 16, participants have logged more than 1,000,000 bicycle miles. What does 1,000,000 bicycle miles mean for Wisconsin? It means healthier residents, money saved on expensive gas, and cleaner air for all of us to breathe. The Bike Challenge provides us with clear data on how bicycling can provide overwhelming benefits to our state and Wisconsin families. Here are a few results from 1,000,000 bicycle miles:

  • 33,400,000 calories burned 
  • $250,000 saved on gas and car expenses 
  • 513,000 pounds of C02 saved from being released into our atmosphere 

Kevin Hardman, Executive Director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, believes that 1,000,000 miles is a big milestone for Wisconsin. “We are proud to be offering the Bike Challenge in partnership with Scott® brand. We often speak of the benefits of bicycling, but beginning to tally the amount of bicycling that is happening in our state and the benefits bicycling provides is very powerful.”

Biking to work is puts a smile on your face.

Some of Wisconsin’s largest businesses are participating. Kimberly Clark Corporation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Epic, Northwestern Mutual, and Trek Corporation have logged the most transportation miles at this point in the Challenge.

The Scott® Get Up & Ride Wisconsin Bike Challenge runs from May 16 – September 30. For further information, contact Amanda White at (608) 698-9104 or amanda.white@bfw.org.

Supportive Statistics: 

- Bike commuting in Wisconsin has increased by 62% since 1990 (Alliance for Biking and Walking 2010 Benchmarking Report)

- The average bicyclist loses 13 pounds in the first year of commuting (www.1world2wheels.org)

- Just 3 hours of bicycling weekly can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50% (www.1world2wheels.org)

- Bicycling contributes $1.5 billion and 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin’s economy annually (Valuing Bicycling’s Economic and Health Impacts, UW-Madison 2010)

- Wisconsin is rated the 3rd best bicycling state by the League of American Bicyclists

The Bicycle Federation is hosting a number parties across the state, “Fed Fest 2011”, to revel in the 1,000,000 mile achievement and to celebrate the joy of bicycling in Wisconsin.

For more information about Fed Fest and to find a Fed Fest ride and party near you, check this previous post.  We hope to see you and keep pedaling and logging those miles!

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Cyclechic advocate from Milwaukee
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One Response to We biked 1 million miles!

  1. This is terrific. Biking is becoming a main means of transportation for many people in the state of Wisconsin and is making an impact on the health and financial well being of this great state. I’m proud that Wisconsin is taking the lead and being a great role model for the rest of the country.

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