Burgh's team big for bike challenge

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

BikePGH has 230 people signed up already for the Pittsburgh Bike Challenge, which begins May 1 and runs through August 31.

Scott Bricker, BikePGH’s founder, said the local team is the largest of any in the nation.bicyclist

You can begin logging your miles as soon as you sign up. Sign up here. If you’re from the Pittsburgh area, include your zip code to be part of the local competition.

Free information sessions will be held at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, 925 Liberty Ave., April 12 at 5p and the South Side at Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe, 2518 E. Carson St., on April 13 at 10a.

BikePGH describes this as “a friendly competition focused on getting more Pittsburghers on bikes and showing them that when people bike great things happen. Our local challenge is part of a national effort called the Get Up and Ride National Bike Challenge which is a product of a partnership among Kimberly Clark, League of American Bicyclists, and Bikes Belong.

“The website where people log their biking miles gives Pittsburghers the ability to participate as individuals, teams of 10, or entire workplaces. Pittsburgh can also compete against other cities, so watch out Cleveland!”

If you search Endomondo in your download apps program, you can get a free smartphone app to automatically log trips.

The contest comes with prizes, the grand prize being a bike trip through California Wine Country.

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