About Bike to Work
Bike to Work (BtW) is a state-wide competition. In its 8th year this year, it will take place in May in various cities and towns across the Czech Republic.
The project’s goal is to motivate as many people as possible to learn to use a bike as a regular urban means of transportation (alternatively to walk or run). If more people switch from cars to bikes and other non-motorised vehicles, they will not only improve their physical condition, mood and work relationships but they will also jointly contribute to cleaner air and more pleasant, safer and healthier cities where they live and work.
Bike to Work is a team competition for companies and institutions. Anyone, who can make a team of at least 2 and maximum of 5 members and regularly bikes to work with their co-workers in May, can join the competition. We’ve introduced a new feature last year: runners, walkers, skaters, skateboarders, long boarders and wheelchair users can join too! There is no limit as to how many teams from one company (one employer) can join. The goal of Bike to Work is to playfully motivate and inspire employees to cycle to work and to persuade their employers to create the necessary facilities.
Main May Bike to work competition (from 1st to 31st May)
The Bike to Work competition also offers several competition categories focusing on the number or length of their bike trips and other disciplines. Except the competition participants themselves, the campaign also aims at the management of companies and institutions because it is them, the employers, who can significantly motivate their employees to use bicycles in order to commute to work. Competition category “Bike-friendly Employer of the Year” is there for companies to strive to offer the best conditions for their employees to be able cycle to work.
Each participant receives an organic cotton T-shirt from our partner OP Tiger. The competition is accompanied by various social activities which promote the goals of the competition, point out the benefits of cycling to work and make the competition richer and more vibrant.
Examples of accompanying social events:
- Coffee on T-shirt – everyone who visits selected businesses wearing the campaign’s T-shirt will receive a free coffee or tea.
- Breakfast for Cyclists – the goal is to surprise the passing cyclists on their way to work with a free breakfast.
- The Great Spring Cycle Tour – the goal is to promote the approaching competition and offer to try out what is cycling in the city like.
- Closing Ceremony – a party where the competition results are announced, winners receive their prizes and visitors can enjoy a rich cultural programme.