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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
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!