Sign-up now for the third annual Kansas City Bicycle Commuter Challenge

During the week of May 16-20, 2005, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) will challenge residents throughout the Kansas City region to abandon their cars and bike to work as part of the third annual Bicycle Commuter Challenge (BCC). More than 240 bicyclists pedaled 12,018 miles during last year s competition and even more are expected to accept the challenge this year. Participants must register by May 15, 2005.

The goal of the BCC is to reduce traffic congestion, help improve air quality, and improve personal health. Participants will report their miles biked when they arrive at work each day. The winning team and individual will be those with the most miles biked to work. Team miles will be averaged.

As part of this year's event, random prizes will be given out daily. At the end of the week, the three teams and individuals with the most miles will also receive awards.

The BCC is a fun and competitive opportunity for citizens to explore different modes of transportation. Commuters who wish to combine bicycling with public transit will be encouraged to do so and provided information on bus routes that accommodate bikes. All Johnson County Transit (The JO) buses are equipped with bicycle racks and many KCATA routes now also have racks. Information on bus routes can be found on the web at www.kcata.org or by calling 816/221-0660.

To learn more, visit www.marc.org/bcc, or contact Aaron Bartlett, 816/474-4240.


BCC Safety Tips
Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
Plan your route by driving it first. Try a practice commute on a weekend when traffic is light to find a safe route and determine how long the commute will take.
Select a good pair of shoes and appropriate clothing.
Obey all traffic laws. Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as motorists. Share the road.
Carry drinking water and a mobile phone.
Inspect bikes for safety concerns before every trip.
Store clothing and business items in a bag on the side of the bicycle.
Find a co-worker or friend who bikes and commute with them.
If you live a long distance from work, bicycle to the nearest transit station and ride a bus the rest of the way.