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Bike Commuter Challenge 2016

The Bike Commuter Challenge is an annual week-long biking celebration organized by the Active Transportation Alliance. The event encourages new and experienced riders to get out and bike while creating friendly workplace competition among Chicagoland companies and organizations. This year, the competition kicks off on Friday, June 10 and runs through Friday, June 17.

Help Northwestern compete with other Chicago-area educational institutions for the title of Bike Commuter Challenge winner! Show your purple pride by registering as a member of the Northwestern University team, riding to campus, and logging your rides. Any biking trip counts, whether you ride a few blocks to a public transit stop or ride all the way from home to campus.

Northwestern will be celebrating with a free bike tune-up station and social gatherings for cyclists. Stop by the events listed below, or join the Bike Northwestern Facebook group for more ways to connect with other campus bike commuters. 

And of course, when getting out on your bike, be mindful of safety. Always wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road. Take the Bicycle Safety Quiz to test your knowledge and learn more about safe riding. The Active Transportation Alliance also offers tips on how to bike to work safely and comfortably.

Questions? Email Bike Commuter Challenge team leader, Elizabeth Adamczyk.

Events

Bike Tune-Up Station, Evanston
Friday, June 10, noon to 2 pm
Jacobs Center Plaza, 2001 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Get your bike in shape for the season with free bike tune-up help between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10. A bike mechanic from Wheel & Sprocket will pump up tires, make minor fixes and adjustments, and offer advice for larger repairs that can’t be fixed on the spot. Northwestern Police will also be on hand to register bikes and sell bike locks.

Breakfast for Bikers
Monday, June 13, 8 am to 10 am
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston
Cyclists are invited to join Northwestern Recreation for a light breakfast and beverages (while supplies last) in front of Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Monday, June 13, from 8 am to 10 am. Northwestern Police will also be on hand to register bikes and sell bike locks.

Bike Tune-Up Station, Chicago
Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 am to 9:30am
Lurie Building, Northeast Corner of Fairbanks and Huron, Chicago
Get your bike in shape for the season with free bike check from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Tuesday, June 14. Stop by on your way in and have a bike mechanic from Village Cycle Center pump up tires, make minor fixes and adjustments, and offer advice for larger repairs that can’t be fixed on the spot. Northwestern Police will also be on hand to register bikes and sell bike locks. Plus, sign up for a free pass for the Chicago Bike Room (valid through June 24).

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