CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The 2019 Bike to Work Challenge has begun. Sponsored through TransOptions, based in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, the free, friendly competition offers both expert and beginner bicycle riders an extra reason to bike ride this spring amid decreasing stress, traffic congestion, and vehicle emissions. Riders create an online profile by downloading TransOptions’ GoForGood app from Google Play or the App Store and track their bicycle commute trips and miles from May 1 - May 31.

"We know incorporating a bicycle ride into a daily commute takes coordination and planning but we agree with participants that say it’s worth it,” said Dan Callas, TransOptions’s president. “It can be as easy as looking at your overall commute, finding a location to park your vehicle and biking the rest of the way. This in turn reduces wear and tear on your car and gives you a chance to enjoy part of your daily commute on two wheels.”

Participants who join the challenge, which coincides with National Bike Month, are entered to win prizes in seven different categories: Trip Master, Miles Master, Team Prize, Resolute Riders, Rookie Riders, the Roll Model Challenge, and a weekly raffle.

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“Participants continue to tell us they enjoy the challenge because a bicycle commute helps them feel energized before work and reduces stress after work,” said Justin Jenkins, TransOptions's program specialist.

Who will win in 2019? As a reminder, the 2018 Winners were:

Trip Master- Edi Poinescu (of Newton) with 56 trips
Miles Master- Christopher Buck (of Morristown) with 832 miles
Team Prize- Thorlabs with 168 trips (about 34 trips per rider)

Resolute Riders- Karen Leatherdale (of Asbury) with 50 trips, Kent Lucas (of Cranford) 46 trips, Jim Smith (of Randolph) 42 trips, Carol Dunn (of Madison) 40 trips, Dean Sanginari (of Boonton), Rebecca Karger (of Morristown), and Alex Sperling (of Bloomfield) with 38 trips each, Geoff Thomas (of Madison) 36 trips, and Jeff Stanton (of Florham Park) and Simon Hwang (of Lafayette) with 34 trips each
Rookie Riders- Rebecca Karger with 38 trips, and J. Ray (of Bernardsville) with 219 miles
Roll Model Challenge- Jim Smith with about 80 photos


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