Bike Month is underway, and thousands of employees of New York City workplaces are taking part in the Bike Commuter Challenge, produced by leading cycling, walking, and public transit advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. Participants compete to see which workplaces will have the highest percentage of bike commuters from May 1 to May 31. It’s free, with great prizes, and anyone can create or join a team at bikemonth.nyc.
“The Challenge is the perfect way to introduce people to the joy of commuting on two wheels, and it also helps employers build a positive, healthy workplace culture that starts with employees having fun getting to work,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “As workers compete for the title of ‘Bikingest Office,’ they also get a new perspective on New York City streets and what needs to happen to make them safer for cycling.”
TransAlt will be cheering on participants along nine popular bike routes in all five boroughs the morning of May 15th. Commuters are invited to stop for free coffee, snacks from Clif Bar, giveaways, and information on Transportation Alternatives’ advocacy work.
More than 2,000 riders have already signed up, representing more than 450 employers as diverse in mission and size as Bloomberg LP, ConEd, JP Morgan Chase, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Google NYC, Etsy, PS 95 of Brooklyn, Carnegie Hall, DoSomething.org and the Lower East Side Ecology Center.
On May 19th, Citi Bike will lead a Best Dressed Commuter Ride, presented by Men’s Wearhouse, culminating at TransAlt’s annual Bike Home from Work Party. TransAlt Bike Month Participants ride from Downtown Manhattan and through the streets of Brooklyn, leading to an under-the-stars blowout at the Dumbo Loft and Triangle in Brooklyn. Admission is free, with more than 30 food, drink, and retail experience vendors animating this outdoor festival.
TransAlt Bike Month Ambassadors will be outfitted in AWEAR-TECH by AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole suits available exclusively at Men’s Wearhouse. AWEAR-TECH clothing uses 37.5 technology, an advanced fabric technology from the high-performance sports world. With this technology, patented active particles remove moisture in the vapor stage, before liquid sweat can form, making these tailored clothing items far more comfortable to wear. When you’re overheating, active particles in the fabric speed up evaporation and cooling. When you’re cold, the particles return the energy to warm the body. The suits are engineered from the yarn up, incorporating 37.5 technology in every layer, from the suit lining to the wool.
Transportation Alternatives' Bike Month events are made possible by the generous support of Clif Bar, Men’s Wearhouse, the Law Office of Vaccaro and White, Brooklyn Brewery, Unlimited Biking, Citi Bike, Kiwi Energy, Purity Organic, Nuun, Aloe Gloe and Brooklyn Roasting Company.
For a list of Bike Month events, visit bikemonth.nyc.
About Transportation Alternatives
With 140,000 active supporters and committees of activists working locally in every borough, Transportation Alternatives works to reclaim New York City streets for biking, walking and public transit. Since its founding in 1973, TransAlt has paved the way for remarkable changes in New York City’s transportation infrastructure and culture, including the extraordinary growth of commuting by bicycle and the launch of Citi Bike. Through consistent and focused advocacy, TransAlt has advanced “complete street” redesigns with protected bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes and public plazas, and has also worked for more equitable Vision Zero traffic enforcement across the five boroughs, including speed safety cameras to protect children at every school.
About Men’s Wearhouse
Founded in 1973 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TLRD), Men's Wearhouse is the largest specialty retailer of men's apparel and rental product in the U.S. with over 800 stores nationwide. Men's Wearhouse carries a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, BLACK by Vera Wang, among others. Tuxedo and suit rentals are available at both Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores, which also offers a limited selection of retail merchandise, and Men’s Wearhouse stores nationwide.