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Businesses benefit when employees bike to work

The Bike to Work Challenge is one of Active Trans’ longest-running and most beloved events.

The two-week-long challenge, which started on June 15 and lasts until June 29, gives workplaces throughout Chicagoland an opportunity to go up against one another in a friendly competition. Workplaces compete by earning points and getting the most employees riding to work during the week (a bike commute can mean a full or partial bike trip).

The event, presented this year by Keating Law Offices, is a great way to improve health among employees, enhance organizational camaraderie and promote sustainability.

As part of this year’s challenge, Active Trans is excited to recognize members of the inaugural Bike to Work Challenge Advisory Group. 

Members of the advisory group all have organized Bike to Work Challenge teams and have committed to putting a special effort into encouraging new and experienced riders to participate in the challenge. Advisory group members are also encouraging their peer organizations to participate in the challenge.

Many of the inaugural members have hosted Bike to Work Challenge teams for multiple years while others are launching their very first teams.

If you would like to be part of the Bike to Work Challenge Advisory Group or just want to join the challenge as a regular participant, individual riders and teams can register until June 29. 

Members participate in the Bike to Work Challenge Advisory Group for a variety of reasons. They know that biking to work

  • Helps lower employees’ transportation carbon footprint
  • Provides an opportunity for each staff member to improve one’s health through physical activity
  • Builds teamwork among staff members and offers a friendly competition with peer organizations
  • Demonstrates support for cycling to current and prospective employees

The Field Museum, an inaugural member of the advisory group, has been an advocate for biking to work for many years and is recognized every year as one of the top teams.

To encourage staff to bike to work, the museum highlights the fact that it sits along one of the best bike trails in the nation. It also offers an indoor, secure bicycle facility and showers for staff and volunteers, in addition to a first-of-its-kind shared bikes program for staff.

Northwestern University, another inaugural advisory group member, encourages its students, faculty and staff members to participate in the challenge and helps team members compete against other local schools.


Thank you to the members of the Inaugural Bike to Work Challenge Advisory Group! 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Chicago Public Media/WBEZ

Expedia Group

Fuzzy Math

Gensler Chicago

Keating Law Offices

Metropolitan Planning Council

North River Commission

Northwestern University

Northwest Side Housing Center


Perimeter Architects & Construction

Radix Trading

Related Midwest

Resurrection Project 

Shared-Use Mobility Center 



The Field Museum