Biketober 2018: The Gear Grind is Over
Biketober is over – Teams were formed, miles were ridden and prizes were won throughout the month of October!
The full list of organizational, team and individual results from this year’s challenge can be found here.
The fifth annual Atlanta Bike Challenge exceeded expectations again this year with a total of 1,901 participants, which represents an increase of 140 participants from last year’s challenge. About a sixth (317) of this year’s participants were new riders. This year’s riders logged just under 30,000 trips and racked up a total of 257,879 miles during Biketober, almost 37,000 more miles than in 2017.
In addition, this year’s participants helped reduce 55,219 lbs. of CO₂ and congestion across the region by biking instead of driving. Any way you slice it, this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge was a huge success.
Throughout the month, we also awarded over 30 prizes to participants. For the full list of prize winners, check out the prizes tab on ATLBikeChallenge.com.
Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, including Atlanta Cycling, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Dad’s Garage, along with many others, that helped made this year’s challenge possible. And most of all, thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge! Until next year, #ATLBikeChallenge2019!
Keep it Rollin!
Though the 2018 Atlanta Bike Challenge is in the books, there’s no reason to stop pedaling. Over the course of the challenge we heard from some amazing organizations that embody the spirit of Biketober year-round. The Westin Peachtree Plaza is a great example of a company that has made cycling a permanent part of their company culture. Ron Tarson, General Manager of The Westin, leads by example, commuting 26 miles round trip on his bike every day. Tarson even started a Westin Bike group that meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. and encourages hotel guests or anyone in the area to participate. We certainly applaud the Westin Peachtree Plaza and all of the other organizations who participated in this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge for recognizing that biking is more than a way to get from one place to another, it can be a great way to build friendships, to burn through calories and to build a greater appreciation for the communities in which they live and work.
We’re already anxious to kick off the challenge in 2019, but until then, keep spinning those wheels.