Preliminary figures in an on-going national bike-riding challenge highlight Bloomington-Normal's national prominence in the ever-growing lifestyle. The advocacy group Bike BloNo says the twin cities are ranked 16th in the National Bike Challenge, designed to measure bike-riding over a five-month period. Bike BloNo's Michael Gorman says the weighted results have Bloomington-Normal right behind bicycle hotbed Pittsburgh.
"Anyone who registers for the challenge from McLean County will automatically be entered toward Bike BloNo's goal which is 170 people riding 100,000 miles from May first through September 30th."
Gorman says, through the first two months, local cyclists have logged 19,000 miles. He says census figures show there are 500 McLean County cyclists who regularly ride to work, but he says there are far more that ride since that data only includes one trip, once a day. Gorman says any ride, whether for commuting or leisure, counts toward the challenge.
(photo courtesy Bike BloNo)
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