Houghton, Keweenaw Counties, Michigan Tech Take Top Honors in Bike Challenge
Houghton and Keweenaw counties took the top spot for local challenges in this year's National Bike Challenge. The challenge was organized by People for Bikes and locally hosted by Bike Initiative Keweenaw (BIKE!). Michigan Tech placed fourth nationally and first locally for schools.
The annual challenge is in its fifth year as a nationwide event. It promotes recreational and transportation bicycling through friendly competition between riders on the local, state and national level.
This year, 281 riders in Houghton and Keweenaw counties logged more than 119,000 miles during the challenge, which ran from May 1 to Sept. 30. Participants included 71 employees and 22 students who identified themselves as being from Michigan Tech.
"Bicycling is definitely something that's important to our employees and students and it's fun to see such strong participation in a national challenge," said Josh Myles, assistant director of Enterprise Application Services and one of the organizers of the local challenge.