Take this metro Atlanta bike challenge for chance to go to New Zealand

A woman rides her bike on the the safe bikes lanes created by plants in Atlanta on June 22, 2014.
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A woman rides her bike on the the safe bikes lanes created by plants in Atlanta on June 22, 2014.

Credit: Phil Skinner

Credit: Phil Skinner

A yearly bike contest that allows metro Atlanta cyclists to compete for prizes is back.

The sixth Atlanta Bike Challenge, or Biketober, runs from Oct. 1 to 31. Participants who log online every mile ridden during the month earn points for the chance to win prizes.

Bike riders may sign up individually or create teams of up to eight people. Teams will be entered into pools, and after the third week, the top team from each pool will compete in a playoff.

Rewards include up to $150 worth of bike gear, restaurant gift cards and a one-year membership to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The grand prize winner will receive a new bike valued at $1,000. Participants are also automatically entered into an international drawing for a trip to the Grand Canyon or New Zealand — winner’s choice.

In 2017, Biketober participation increased 31 percent, with 2,200 competitors and 221,000 miles logged over nearly 30,000 trips, a press release said. The competition is hosted by Georgia Commute Options, a program managed by the ARC and funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The competition is intended to get people out of their cars and to experience benefits such as exercise, saving money and decreasing stress.


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More than 100,000 people used the lanes in their opening weekend.