Photo by Michael Yanow

Santa Monica employers can now participate in the first modal competition of Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge: Bike Month.

Individuals can participate in the Bike Month Challenge by visiting and registering with their employer network. Santa Monica residents employed outside of the city can join the “SM Residents Employed Outside of City” network.

From May 1-31, thousands of Santa Monica commuters will keep track of their commute trips through to compete in the challenge, on team and individual levels. With every logged trip, participants automatically enter weekly drawings for prizes — Sweet Rose Creamery goodies for teams, and Caffe Luxxe gift cards for individuals.

At the end of the month, eight individuals will be recognized for the highest CO2 savings and participation rates, and awarded Laemmle Premiere Cards, dinner for two at Bandera, tickets to McCabe’s Guitar Back Room Show, or lunch at Lemonade.

Teams with the highest CO2 savings and participation rates will win tickets to a Magicopolis show, a group lunch at Bay Cities Deli, or certificates to three training sessions at Dethrone Basecamp. Participating companies will also be recognized for the highest rates of employee participation and CO2 savings.

For more information on the Commuter Challenge, visit

The Commuter Challenge ties into National Bike Month, which was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists as a coast-to-coast showcase of the many benefits of bicycling — and a push for more folks to try cycling.

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