Next week, 12 Chicago-area colleges and universities will compete in Chicago’s Bike 2 Campus Week.

Throughout the week, riders will track their miles online, and campuses will have the opportunity to win in several categories, encouraging cycling as a healthy and environmental form of transportation.

The main award is Most Recorded Rides; the school that logs the most rides will win a trophy created by the School of Art Institute of Chicago. This award will be weighted against the overall population of the campus.

Also, the school with the most participants will receive a trophy created by Divvy. This category will also be weighted by population.


Individuals have the opportunity to win as well; the participant with the winning Instagram photo, or picture with the most ‘likes,” will win a Working Bikes prize pack. Those posting on social media are encouraged to use the hashtag #chibike2campus.

The top three overall riders will also receive a one-year DIVVY membership, a Bern helmet or Abus U-lock. The winners will be notified by their campus sustainability office.

All current students, faculty and staff of the 12 universities are eligible to participate. The schools participating are City Colleges of Chicago, The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Roosevelt University, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Triton College, Northeastern Illinois University and the School of the Art Institute Chicago.

“The campus with the most rides per capita will win Top Biking Campus,” the event website says. “Each campus will award their top two riders. Other prizes will be distributed at the discretion of the individual schools.”

During the week, each school will host other biking-related events to further engage the cycling community of Chicago. For example, Northwestern University will host a free bike tune-up station with a mechanic from Wheel & Sprocket Bike Shop on April 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event website provides several resources to help first-time bikers and professional cyclists be successful and safe during the week.

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