It’s Bike to Work Week! Groupon participated again in Chicago’s annual Bike Commuter Challenge, a time to take to the streets and compete for bike-bragging rights. We can’t say for certain which team will officially win the challenge yet, but it’s been an invigorating week in the office rallying first-time cyclists and veteran two-wheeled commuters.
The Bike Commuter Challenge is run by the Active Transportation Alliance, a “non-profit advocacy organization that works throughout Chicagoland to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit while engaging people in healthy and active ways to get around.” With over 300 participants at Groupon so far, our team captains organized social gatherings, group ride-ins, and lunch outings to inspire employees to bike to work.
To spark the competitive spirit within the company, employees were pitted against other departments in the hopes of winning this highly sought after trophy. Prizes will be given out for longest single day commute, highest total miles over the week, Breakthrough Rider 2012, and Team MVP. This morning we finished the week with a celebratory group ride from Daley Plaza to Groupon’s headquarters. Bikes were decorated with homemade flags and cyclists were decked out in our signature green.
We posted a few more pictures from our group ride on our Facebook page and we’ll announce our Commuter Challenge standings here soon! Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Bike Commuter Challenge. We’ll see you in the bike lane!