Back in April the good folks at the Green Lane Project and People for Bikes announced the #EverydayBiking Challenge, a definitive, highly scientific, rigorously applied methodology to determine just which city in the U.S. is best for the everyday, casual cyclist. The idea is simple: choose a theme, choose a location, and count the number of bicyclists who fit the criteria of any given month that pass by the area between 4:30pm and 5:30pm.
Though every other city participating in this challenge has been selected as a Green Lane Project focus city (read more about what that means here), Tucson decided to throw our incredibly large sunhats into the ring because, why not? We feel Tucson has some of the most dedicated, creative and fun-loving everyday bicyclists in the country and we wanted to show other cities what keeps us riding even in 100+ temperatures.
Here’s a list of the different themes for each month of the #EverydayBiking challenge:
April: cargo bikes and trailers
May: racks and baskets (bonus points if they’re carrying flowers)
June: skirts and dresses
July: Lycra or other spandex kits
August: kids on bikes (passengers included)
September: business attire (jackets, blouses, ties, office-friendly skirts and dresses)
You may recall that Tucson quite nearly upset the other competitors in April, coming in just behind Memphis, TN in number of people riding cargo bikes or pulling trailers during the count. It was almost too close to call!
Another month has passed and you’re probably wondering how Tucson fared in the much broader category of racks and baskets. Thanks to a generous donation from Whole Foods, Tucson was able to take advantage of the extra boost that came from baskets carrying flowers. Take a look at how Tucson did in the most recent challenge and read all about it here.
The next count will take place on Thursday, June 25th. We will be counting bicyclists of any gender wearing skirts, tutus, kilts, and dresses. Be sure to plan your ride at that time to pass the intersection of N. 4th Ave. and E. University Blvd. And if you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP and help spread the word here.