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Bike Hutto Ranked Top Ten Texas Teams in 2015 National Bike Challenge

NationalBikeChallenge_2015

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level.  This program is a successful partnership between People For Bikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.  The Challenge, which ran from May 1 to September 30th, united 92,352 riders pedaling over 37 million miles in the five month period.

Within the National Bike Challenge individuals compete and there is also the opportunity to form teams and have local challenges as well. Bike Hutto participated as a team for the first time ever in 2015. It had 23 active bicyclists and was part of the Bike Austin Local Challenge. The Bike Austin Local Challenge encompassed 16 communities and 26 teams throughout the Central Texas region. The Bike Hutto Team ranked number one within Central Teas. Hutto was second only to Austin amongst those 16 communities.  Bike Hutto also faired very well within the state of Texas. The team ranked 9th out of 104 teams participating in Texas.

Individuals are awarded at different levels of the challenge based on points and mileage. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond levels can be achieved.  Four Bike Hutto riders (Leigh Ann Ganzar, James Jumonville, Brian Grubbs, and Camille Baptiste) were awarded Platinum Status based on having over 2,500 points. Eighteen of the participating riders reached at least one award level during the challenge.

“We are very proud of what Bike Hutto accomplished its first year competing in the Bike Challenge,” says Bike Hutto Director, Jessica Romigh. “With that, we are already looking at ways to do even better next year! No reason we can’t go from the top ten to the top five in Texas!”

In addition to the National Bike Challenge being a fun way to encourage bicycling throughout the summer months, there is also an opportunity to gather data such as recreation verses transportation miles.  Bike Hutto will be utilizing this data in the coming months as it addresses infrastructure and programming needs for bicyclists in the Hutto, Texas area.

Bike Hutto’s mission is to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure.  Bike Hutto values the importance of creating a bicycle friendly community within the City of Hutto focusing on the benefits (Transportation, Health, Economics, Recreation, and Environment) that bicycling provides.

Bicycle-Powered Food Drive Comes To Hutto

 

Bike Hutto, in partnership with the Hutto Food Pantry and the Hutto Lutheran Church, presents:

Pedal For Plenty

Pedal For Plenty originated in Fort Worth, Texas and is a bicycle-powered food drive hosted by cyclists to inspire communities to support their area food banks in the fight to eliminate hunger.  In 2013, the first annual Pedal For Plenty in Fort Worth collected 825 lbs of non-perishable foods for Tarrant Area Food Bank.  In 2014, their efforts gained momentum in the amount of 5500 lbs of food.  They are proud to take the Pedal for Plenty initiative nationally starting in 2015.

Bike Hutto is adopting the Pedal For Plenty program to fit the needs of Hutto, Texas.  The program will kick off on April 11, 2015.  Participating local businesses, schools, and churches will have donation boxes available for individuals to drop off non-perishable food.  Donations will be collected until May 15, 2015.

On May 16th, bicyclists from the Hutto Community will load the collected donations onto bike racks and baskets for a short, family-friendly ride to the Hutto Food Pantry.  The ride will start at 10am.  As a group, we will ride the donations to the Hutto Food Pantry located at 206 E. Live Oak Street.  Next door at the Hutto Lutheran Church fellowship hall, there will be a Collection Celebration which will include lunch, final weight totals from the food drive, plus some surprise speakers.  The celebration will conclude at 1pm.

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