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How does the Bike Challenge work?

When does the Bike Challenge happen?

How are teams formed?

How do I track my trips?

Do all 5 team members need to live in the Santa Barbara area?

Who is a Convert?

What kinds of bike trips count for the contest?

What kinds of transportation count for the contest?

Can I count multiple trips daily?  How about mileage?

Why don't multiple trips or longer mileage count for more points?

What is a utilitarian trip?

How do I find a team to join?

Are there prizes this year?

What if I bike one way and take the bus, carpool, or drive back?

Are electric bikes eligible for the contest?

Are motorcycles or scooters eligible modes for the contest?

What are the Weekly and Monthly Raffles?

Is this different from the Commuter Challenge?

Can children participate?

Can Students Participate? (e.g. SBCC, UCSB, Westmont)

Registration Troubleshooting

Where can I get Bike Challenge posters?

Can I use old Bike Challenge Account?

What if I've forgotten my password?

How can I fill my team? I need more members. My team is too small. I need to switch teams.
How do I log trips w/different mileage from my normally programmed work mileage? What if I use more than one mode of transportation in one day?
Can I log trips while on vacation? How do I make team name and photo edits?

What if one of my team members doesn't have internet access? 

 

How does the Bike Challenge work?
The Bike Challenge is a friendly competition that runs for all May, with five member teams making round-trips by bike. Team members log each day they bike for transportation using the Commute Calendar. At the end of the competition, the team with the highest number of days wins the largest charitable contribution for the program of their choice. The top 50 teams will earn contributions ranging from $500 to $25. We’ll also have multiple prize drawings each week for individuals, at the end of the month for all participants, as well as a special drawing for Club 31 participants - those who make a bike trip every day in May. The top employers in five tiers will win an office picnic party. Our interactive website means participants can track teams' progress and post fun pictures and other information about their teams.

When does the Bike Challenge happen?
The Bike Challenge starts May 1 and ends May 31 - registration opens April 9. Log on through your
Traffic Solutions Online account.

How are teams formed?

Create your own team: Round up your friends, co-workers and family, and come up with a team name. Take some team photos and create your team on Traffic Solutions Online when registration is open in April. You can make your team "Restricted" and invite specific people to join your team or you can "Allow Anybody" to join.

Or join an existing team: Many people will have openings on their teams and will welcome you to join the team online.

Each team must have at least 2 "Converts" to qualify for prizes.
A "Convert" is either:
a)  Someone who hasn't participated in our past Bike Challenges – OR –
b) Someone who doesn't bike for transportation more than once a week on average (i.e. from Jan. 1 – Mar. 31 a convert would not have biked for transportation more than 13 days).

Upload your a team photo to earn an automatic 5 points.


How do I track my Trips?
During the contest, you and your team members log in to your Bike Challenge/Traffic Solutions accounts and log each commute day using the Commute Calendar. The Bike Challenge/Traffic Solutions website provides users with real time status reports so you can find out how your team is doing compared to the other teams in the contest. Start logging your round-trips on May 1, but teams are welcome to join at any point during the month-long competition.

Do all 5 team members need to live in the Santa Barbara area?
The Traffic Solutions Bike Challenge is open to anyone who lives or works in Santa Barbara County. People who live in Ventura or San Luis Obispo are eligible to participate as long as they work in Santa Barbara County.

Who is a Convert?
Two converts are required per team. A "Convert" is either
A "Convert" is either:
a)  Someone who hasn't participated in our past Bike Challenges – OR –
b) Someone who doesn't bike for transportation more than once a week on average (i.e. from Jan. 1 – Mar. 31 a convert would not have biked for transportation more than 13 days).


What kinds of bike trips count for the contest?
Bike trips for transportation, aka "utilitarian" trips are eligible to be logged for points. This means you can bike to work, a shop, school, visiting friends, etc., and earn a point since you traveled by bike instead of by a motor vehicle. Biking for recreation only, i.e. loading your bike in your car to bike along the waterfront, driving your bike to a trail head and then mountain biking, or doing a training ride do not count. The idea is that you earn points by changing your travel behavior, not your recreational or exercise routines. If you would normally drive your bike somewhere, e.g. a trailhead, and you eliminate the car portion and bike there, then you can earn a point because you changed your usual travel behavior and eliminated a car trip.

What kinds of transportation count for the contest?
Bikes! Also tricycles and unicycles. Some bikes have electric assists which is fine, as long as there are still pedals. Bicycles converted into motorized scooters and electric scooters are not eligible.

Can I count multiple trips daily?  How about mileage?
Although we encourage you to bike as often as you can each day, only one point can be earned per day for the Bike Challenge contest - you earn one point for any day you have completed one round trip or more. It is still one point, regardless of the mileage or number of round trips in a day.
Bike buttons
However, to keep track of your mileage, make sure your
“average one-way daily commute” is updated before logging your bike days. This also helps us have more accurate data. (The original mileage in this box is calculated based on your home to work commute.) Do not use the multi modal trip option - only use the orange bike buttons.

Why don't multiple trips or longer mileage count for more points?
Traffic Solutions has created the one-point-a-day rule to keep the playing field even for our valued converts, who are just getting used to biking. The Bike Challenge contest allows them to think about short round-trips they can take by bike and still be competitive with more seasoned users.

What is a utilitarian trip?
Bike trips for transportation, aka "utilitarian" trips are eligible to be logged for points. This means you can bike to work, a shop, school, visiting friends, etc., and earn a point since you traveled by bike instead of by a motor vehicle. Biking for recreation only, i.e. loading your bike in your car to bike along the waterfront, driving your bike to a trail head and then mountain biking, or doing a training ride do not count. The idea is that you earn points by changing your travel behavior, not your recreational or exercise routines. If you would normally drive your bike somewhere, e.g. a trailhead, and you eliminate the car portion and bike there, then you can earn a point because you changed your usual travel behavior and eliminated a car trip.

Eligible Bike Trip Examples Ineligible Bike Trips Examples
Bike to work or school Recreational bike ride
Bike to shop or dine Cycling as training or exercise
Bike to visit friends/family Driving your bike to a trailhead, the beachfront path, etc. and then riding.
Bike to a trailhead Stationary bicycles ;-) 



How do I find a team to join?
If you don’t want to form a team with coworkers, friends, or family, you can always join an open team when you create your account. Teams without yellow locks displayed are open.

What are the prizes?
For the winning teams, charitable contributions in the amounts of $500 down to $25 per team will be made (top 50 ranking teams). The weekly prizes drawings for participants will be for certificates and gear from our sponsors. Companies that compete can win a plaque and recognition by the Goleta City Council at the Bike Challenge BBQ and Awards Ceremony on June 6, 2013.

Prizes will be awarded to:
- Top 50 ranked teams - $25 - $500 charitable contributions.
- Participants who win the weekly prize drawings for gear and certificates.
- Club 31 - Special prize drawings for individual participants who bike everyday in May.
- 1st Place Employers in five size tiers (1-10, 11-50, - 51-250, 251-500, 501+ employees)
- Individuals who win the weekly and grand prize drawings.

Team Prizes

1st $500 contribution & trophy at ceremony
2nd $400 contribution & award at ceremony
3rd $250 contribution & award at ceremony
4th - 10th $100 contribution & award at ceremony for each team
11th - 50th $25 contribution for each team

Individual Prize Drawings

Week 1 Certificates & Gear

Week 2

Certificates & Gear

Week 3

Certificates & Gear

Week 4

Certificates & Gear

Grand Prize

Commuter Bike, Certificates & Gear

The more bike days you log for the week or month, the greater your chances are of winning that drawing.



The top employer in each tier will be honored with a certificate by the Goleta City Council and Traffic Solutions

Employer Category

# of Employees

Small Employer 1-10 employees

Small-Medium Employer

11-50 employees

Medium Employer

51-250 employees

Medium-Large Employer

251 - 500 employees

Large Employer

501+ employees 

Your company’s score for the month-long Bike Challenge will be based on: number of eligible round-trips logged by your employees ÷ total number of employees your company has in Santa Barbara County.

This year's benefitting organizations - you choose the one you'd like to support.

iCan Bike, Adapted Bike Camp - Youth and adults with disabilities learn to ride a typical two-wheeled bike in just five classes with this incredible, life enhancing program. Hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of SB County. (Donation underwritten by Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital.)

Food Bank of Santa Barbara County - Coordinates food distribution for the needy and provides education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in SB County. (Donation underwritten by Cottage Children’s Hospital.)

SB Bike's Connecting our Community - The Bicycle Coalition’s campaign to create the public and political will to win safe, continuous, comfortable and protected bikeways for ALL along SB County’s South Coast. (Donation underwritten by Yardi Systems, Inc.)

SB Open Streets - The second SB Open Streets is scheduled for fall 2014, with a route of local streets closed to cars and turned into a safe recreation zone for all ages to play, bike, skate, run and more. Program of COAST.

What if I bike one way and take the bus, carpool, or drive back?
Bike trips should only be logged if they are complete "round" trips in one day. Some examples.

  • If you bike to work Monday, take the bus home that night, take the bus to work Tuesday morning and bike home that night, you cannot log a bike trip both days and get two points out of what is essentially only one complete bike trip. Choose Monday OR Tuesday if you wish, but don't log both days!
  • If you are using a bus as part of your daily roundtrip, such as biking to a bus stop, loading your bike on the bus, biking from the stop to your office, and then doing the same to return home, then you can log a bike trip for that day and get a point. e.g some people who take VISTA or the Clean Air Express could bike to their park 'n ride instead of driving there.
  • This could also work if your carpool partner lives far away and you bike to her house instead of driving and parking there.
  • An ineligible carpool combo would be if you carpooled in, and then biked back, you're not actually taking a car off of the road, as you were already carpooling and probably going to carpool back and not drive alone.
  • Think about it this way, if your bike trip is truly eliminating a car trip, then you get a point that day. You can also call us if you have more questions. 963-SAVE.

Are electric bikes eligible for the contest?
Electric bicycles are eligible for this contest as long as the bike has pedals, essentially not an electric scooter.

Are motorcycles or scooters eligible modes for the contest?
No

What are the Weekly and Monthly Raffles?
There will be multiple weekly raffles and end of the month raffle. The raffles are for all Bike Challenge participants logging eligible bike days on their Commute Calendars. The more round-trips you log for the week or month, the greater your chances are of winning that weekly or monthly raffle. The weekly raffles are not based on total team performance, but your personal trips for the prior week or month. A complete description of
prizes will be made in the e-newsletter leading up to the particular raffle.

Is this different from the Commuter Challenge?
Traffic Solutions coordinates regular Commuter and Bike Challenges. Our most recent Commuter Challenge was in November 2010 and Rideshare Week in October 2011, but for May the challenge is limited to bicycles and is part of the larger bike celebration in May,
CycleMAYnia.

Can children participate?
Yes. If there is an automobile round-trip eliminated by a child biking, then the child can log this as an eligible day. If no automobile round-trip is eliminated, then the trip is not eligible.
Recreational biking is not eligible - see what trips count. Families can form a team and do things like biking together to school, afterschool sports and activities, or to visit friends. Children should be old enough to create their accounts, log-in for themselves, and keep track of their progress in their own Commute Calendar. We suggest that children participating be old enough to ride their bikes safely on the street.

Can Students Participate? (e.g. SBCC, UCSB, Westmont)
Yes. But participants must be sure to NOT sign up as an employee of their school when they create their account.

Registration Troubleshooting

I can’t log in
If you can't remember your password from the last time you used your Traffic Solutions Online account, you can click on the "Forgot Password?" link at
www.TrafficSolutionsOnline.info. If you cannot remember the email address that you used for your account, please email info@trafficsolutions.info or call 963-SAVE. Please do not create duplicate accounts, you should use your existing Traffic Solutions Online account.

I can’t join a team because it is locked
If a team is locked, the captain has chosen to restrict it to certain people. If you are asked to join a locked team, the captain should send you an invitation email or Bike Challenge card that contains the pass code to join the team.
Where can I get the Bike Challenge posters?
Bike Challenge & CycleMAYnia pamphlet - For best printing, choose "actual size," "print on both sides of paper" and "flip on short edge."
You can also email info@trafficsolutions.info to get some from our office or at an event.
Can I use my old Bike Challenge Account?
You should definitely use your existing account from the Commuter Challenge or Bike Challenge, this is exactly the same as a general Traffic Solutions Online account which you may be using for our other programs, or your employer's benefits program. Please follow the registration links and you will be prompted to create a new account or use your existing Traffic Solutions Online account. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the "Forgot Password?" button and it will be e-mailed to you. You can also call 963-SAVE or email info@trafficsolutions.info for help.
What if I've forgotten my password?
If you have forgotten your Traffic Solutions Online/Bike Challenge password, you can use the "Forgot Password" link on the login page, and your password will be e-mailed to you. If this doesn't work, or you don't remember your login name you can email us or call 963-SAVE.
How can I fill my team? I need more members.

If you have 3 or 4 members and need help filling your team to 5, you should open it up to everyone. To unlock your team, log in to your
Traffic Solutions Online account and go to the MY CHALLENGE section.

Scroll down to your team info and follow the link to Edit Team Info

Once here, confirm that you have chosen "Allow Anybody" and that your team is not closed out.

My team is too small. I need to switch teams.

If you have a team of 1 or 2 members and can't find people to fill your team, please consider joining an open team. First log in to your Traffic Solutions Online account and go to the MY CHALLENGE section.

Scroll down to your team info and follow the link to Delete yourself from the team.


Re-click your MY CHALLENGE button once or twice and then scroll down to the list of teams and join an open team (one w/o a lock) that has less than 5 people
 
How do I log trips w/different mileage from my normally programmed work mileage?

To keep track of your personal cost savings, as well as mileage and air pollution reductions, you should make sure your “average one-way daily commute” is updated before logging your commute days. The original mileage is calculated based on your home and work addresses. If you choose to make utilitarian trips that have different mileage, you can update your mileage box before you color code any day on your calendar. The mileage box will hold the last value you enter, and continue to assign that mileage to every date you color code from then on (until you change the mileage box again). Please make sure to keep this value up to date so all calculations will be accurate.

 
bike day imageWhat if I use more than one mode of transportation in one day?
If you use another mode of transportation the same day you bike, don't use the multi-modal button because you won't get a point. Use the bike buttons (both work and non-work buttons).

If you are using a bus as part of your daily roundtrip, such as biking to a bus stop, loading your bike on the bus, biking from the stop to your office, and then doing the same to return home, then you can log a bike trip for that day and get a point. e.g some people who take VISTA or the Clean Air Express could bike to their park 'n ride instead of driving there.


 
Can I log trips while on vacation?Bike buttons

If you are using a bike for transportation on your vacation rather than a car, then yes - but use the button "Non-Work Bike Trip" so we know it wasn't for your work commute. You cannot log a bike trip if it is solely for recreation and you're not eliminating a car trip. The challenge is meant for residents and workers in our County, but if you leave town for a while it's OK. Participation by remote employees who do not work or live in SB County is not permitted.
How do I make team name or photo edits?
Log in to your Traffic Solutions Online/Bike Challenge account and click the button on your top toolbar that says My Challenge. Scroll down about a third of the page and you will see links to "Edit Team Info" and "Manage Photos." Use these to make edits to your team name or to upload your team photos. Remember, teams get an automatic 5 points for their first team photo. Only team admins and captains can make this change, so ask your captain to make you an admin or put the photo up for you.

What if one of my team members doesn't have internet access?
If one of your team members does not have internet access, then the team captain or a fellow team member should create an account for him/her using a different email address and login name on the Traffic Solutions/Bike Challenge website. The captain or fellow team member will be responsible for using the second account to log their team member’s commute days.
 

Email us or call 963-SAVE if you still have questions.

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