Dust off your helmet. Break out your wheels. It’s time for the Bike to PSU Challenge! Beginning May 1, this month-long friendly competition invites students, faculty, and staff to commute to campus by bicycle. With prize giveaways—including the chance to win a new bike—workshops, and free biker breakfasts, there’s no better time to hit the bike lanes.
Riders can log trips on the website, which tracks miles ridden, calories burned, and carbon dioxide kept out of the atmosphere.
Last May, more than 800 riders participated, burning more than four million calories and preventing an estimated 83,526 pounds of carbon emissions. Organizers hope to boost those figures this year, with the goal of reaching at least 1,000 participants.
Riders can compete as individuals or form teams to encourage their classmates or coworkers to give bike commuting a shot.
“Signing up as a team adds another layer of participation, allowing small groups to motivate, cajole, and support each other,” said Ian Stude, transportation options manager.
In addition to the health and environmental benefits of joining the challenge, participants have the opportunity to win one of five new bikes, a variety of lights, racks, backpacks, and a spot on the Outdoor Program’s fully supported bike tour.
“I can honestly say that all the hype is real—it makes you healthier, you save money, and you feel more connected to the world around you. Oh yeah, and once you get used to it, it's really kind of fun,” said Stude, a year-around bike commuter since 2003.
Increasing the number of students and employees who bike to campus rather than driving or taking mass transit is an important step for PSU to meet Climate Action Plan goals and attain carbon neutrality by 2040. Currently, about 12 percent of the PSU community travels to campus by bike.