Bike Month Challenge Week 2: U of A Moves to First Place in Nation

May is Bike Month in Northwest Arkansas.

May is Bike Month in Northwest Arkansas.

As of the end of the second week of the Bike Month challenge, the U of A is in first place nationally!

You can help move the university higher in the rankings by participating the in the challenge, riding your bicycle and encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same.

About Bike Month

May is National Bike Month! A month-long, fun and free, community and workplace challenge designed to get people to ride their bikes!

Throughout May, there are weekly and overall challenges for participants to compete, win prizes and top the leaderboards.

Graphic showing university standings with U of A in lead

U of A College Competition Heating Up

Two weeks into the Bike Month Challenge, Fulbright College is leading the college competition with 24 participants. Walton, Engineering and the College of Education and Health Professionals (COHEP) are competing for second place with Walton ahead by less than 100 miles.

chart showing competition between top four U of A colleges

The challenges are for all ages, abilities and styles of riding. Prizes include gift cards, gear, clothing, a bike computer, a kid trailer, a new bike and more! 


To join the challenge, just register here, ride your bike and log your miles. Participants are eligible to win your choice of a travel cup, pollinator seed packet, reusable silicone bags or a Milkweed plant just in time for the Monarch migration. 

The big winners last week were:

  • Top Encourager — Dennis Brewer, professor of mathematical sciences at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences   
  • Most Miles — Jon Johnson, professor of sustainability at the Walton College of Business
  • Random Drawing — Necia Parker Gibson, research and learning at University Libraries

picture of prizes available for bike monthFollow these simple steps: 

  1. Register here.
  2. Tell your friends and co-workers about Bike Month and invite them to participate.
  3. Ride a bike anywhere, anytime during Bike Month, May 1-31. 
  4. Log your miles.
  5. Win some prizes (hopefully).
  6. Stand by to see how the U of A compares to other organizations in the region and across the nation.

It's not all about who can ride the most miles, but about encouraging as many people as possible to ride for health, happiness and fun. Give it a go!

Want to know the best way to bike to campus, but don't know where to start? The Office for Sustainability can help! Follow this link, fill out the "Commuter Survey" at the bottom, and the OFS will provide you a free, custom, door-to-door analysis from your home to campus. Additional resources and commuting tips are available on that page as well, and always feel free to reach out to us at!  


Ammen Jordan, active transportation coordinator
Office for Sustainability

Charlie Alison, executive editor
University Relations


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