To celebrate Bike Month and Hubway’s 5th birthday, this spring Greenovate Boston is all about the bikes! And we’re topping it off with the ultimate challenge for cyclists, map lovers, and artists alike.

Greenovate always supports safe access to biking in Boston. Transportation accounts for about 30% of Boston’s carbon emissions, and biking allows Bostonians to reduce that number, live healthier lives, and enjoy their communities in a fun, active way.

And in order to make biking even more fun, we’re excited to announce the first-ever Greenovate GIS Bike Art Challenge.You may have seen pictures of cyclists and runners getting crafty with route-mapping tools to create amazing images that span whole neighborhoods or even entire cities. Now it’s your turn to get creative.

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Here’s how to enter and win:

Step 1: grab a Hubway bike, or one of your own.

Step 2: Plan a route and track your progress on a route tracking app like MapMyRideStrava, or another tool.

Step 3: Post a photo of your masterpiece and tag Greenovate on Facebook or Twitter.

Prizes will be awarded for originality, and designs that feature a sustainability theme. (You are encouraged to include an artist’s statement with your design - we want to know everything about your vision!) Prizes will include a $20 City Feed and Supply giftcard, a $20 Harpoon Brewery giftcard, and a $50 gift card to Urban Adventours bike shop as the grand prize! All submitted designs will be featured on Greenovate’s website and social media channels.

We launch this challenge at the end of what has been a really fun Spring for the Greenovate community - and one that has been a big celebration of biking in particular!

Boston’s bike-share program Hubway celebrated its fifth birthday and added the one-of-a-kind Greenovate Unicorn bike to its fleet last month. In an ongoing contest, Greenovators have enjoyed spotting the bike throughout the city and earning prizes by posting about it and tagging Greenovate on Facebook and Twitter.

The Boston Yeti even got in on the Greenovate Unicorn bike excitement: He took the bike for a spin after stopping by our office to spread the word about the anticipated effects of climate change in Boston.

We’re also excited for the annual Bike to Work Day, put on by our friends at Boston Bikes, which will take place Friday, May 20. On Bike to Work Day, Boston Bikes will lead biking convoys from dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Guided convoys with experienced ride leaders will follow a fixed schedule and route and finish together at City Hall Plaza in Boston where riders will be welcomed with free breakfast, coffee, and music. And all bikers are welcome to enjoy the festivities - not just those who rode in on an official convoy! Learn more about the event and find the closest bike convoy by clicking here.

It’s been a big season for biking in Boston, and we are so excited to see what members of the Greenovate community come up with during the GIS Bike Art Challenge. This is a great opportunity to go green, get creative, and celebrate Boston as a biking city! So ride on, Greenovators, and take advantage of all this spring has to offer.

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