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The Field Museum on Two Wheels

How does the staff at the world’s 4th largest natural history museum celebrate the spring season? For one, they rename it Bike Season.

Tuesday, May 4, helmeted Museum employees marked the start of Bike Season with a 4-mile ride around Northerly Island and Museum Campus.

The ride, led by Field Museum President, John McCarter, marked the start of several events the Museum’s all-volunteer “Shared Bikes Team” plans every year; activities include bicycle repair days and brown-bag lunch talks to help newer riders learn tips.*

Why does the Museum put in the effort? Some of it is for bragging rights. This year, The Field hopes to win the Chicagoland Commuter Challenge for the fifth straight year in their category. This year’s goal is for a whopping 20% staff participation during Bike to Work Week – a goal of more than 100 employees to cycle to work at least once that week.

Even if there was no Commuter Challenge, however, the ones who ride religiously know that their day is just better if part of it is spent on two wheels. About two dozen Museum employees ride to work year-round.

*Shedd and Adler employees are invited to join these events; email jthompson@fieldmuseum.org for more info.

Guest blog submitted by Johanna Thompson