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2015 Pedals 4 Professionals Video Contest: Bike to Work Week
Promote cycling as an active form of transportation and you could win up to $5,000 towards new bike equipment!
The 2015 Pedals 4 Professionals contest is now closed. Thank you to all our participants for their inspiring submissions!
Name: Nathan Scronce
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Congratulations to Nathan Scronce for winning our annual Pedals 4 Professionals contest. His video features an inspirational Paul Ficklin-Alred and his motivations for biking to work. Paul strives to improve himself, stay in touch with nature and be a part of the world we live in. It's a compelling story that we hope encourages others to take up cycling in their daily commute.
Name: Jack Gentempo
Location: Norway, Maine
Jack Gentempo put together a wonderful video, where he takes us on a ride to his job as a "sauna boy" at the Riverside Lodge & Sauna in Norway, Maine. Jack demonstrates a keen sense of humor and a charming presentation style as he shows us the perils of navigating potholes and avoiding bandit attacks. It's clear that Jack is a dedicated bike enthusiast, and it was a pleasure to review his submission. Thanks, Jack, for sharing!
Pedals 4 Professionals (P4P) is an annual contest held in support of National Bike to Work Week (May 11–15). We're spreading word about the event to promote biking as a valuable means of active transportation. In an effort to draw more excitement and inspiration, we want you to share your bike-to-work experience to encourage others to take up cycling—and we're willing to offer up to $5,000 towards new bike equipment for the best effort!
How to participate
Tell your story and motivate others! Submit a video of your experience biking to work. There is no limit to how long your video should be, but we've found 2–3 minutes ideal. The best way to stand out to our judges is with quality, engaging content. Good production can be beneficial, but you don't need to be Steven Spielberg to participate. Good stories and innovative presentations can go a long way in communicating your inspiration.
Grand Prize: Up to $5,000 towards new bike equipment of your choice!
Submission deadline: May 15
Winner announced: May 19
What we'll be looking for
We hope P4P encourages more commuters to take to their pedals—and that cycling becomes more common within North American communities all-year round. We're looking for creative and original videos that tell your story and get people excited about cycling. Some ideas to get you started:
What makes your bike commute unique?
What motivates you to ride your bike to work?
What would it mean to you if you could no longer ride to work?
Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner. And with the number of submissions we receive, it's impossible to host every entry on our website. But if you have a message you'd like to get out into the world, let us know how you plan to promote your video online—through your website or blog—and we'll do our best to help spread the word.
Bike to Work Week
The League of American Bicyclists hosts Bike to Work Week each year to showcase the many benefits of cycling and to encourage more people to give biking a try. The event is a great opportunity for promoting regular bike commuting and active forms of transportation. It's also a great opportunity to build support for more community infrastructure by increasing demand.
Cycling offers many benefits to personal health and the environment. It's an excellent means of regular cardiovascular exercise, and it produces almost zero emissions harmful to the environment. For individual riders and municipal planners, bicycles are significantly cheaper to purchase and maintain—and to develop supporting community infrastructure (think roads, parking spots and traffic lights). For businesses, encouraging cycling among staff is a great way to increase employee satisfaction and productivity while reducing the number of sick days taken.
According to the League of American Bicyclists
In 2012, Americans saved more than $4.6 billion by cycling instead of driving
Annual operating costs average $304 for cyclists versus more than $8,000 for motor vehicles
In some urban areas, vehicle parking can cost more than $200 per month
An 180-pound man burns 400 calories during a 10-mile roundtrip; A 130-pound woman burns 300 calories during the same commute
Active commuting is associated with an 11 percent reduction in cardiovascular risk for adults
Motor vehicles are the largest source of air pollution in the US
For every mile cycled instead of driven, 3.6 pounds of pollutants are prevented from entering the atmosphere
There are 800 million parking spaces in the US, amounting to 160 billion square feet of concrete and asphalt
The City of Portland spent $60 million—the cost of a single mile of urban highway—to build a full, city-wide bicycle network
Terms of participation
One submission per applicant. Applicants must be a resident of Canada or the US.
Winner must agree to participate in a post-contest interview for public communications.
All rights and ownership of submitted content are transferred to Reliance Foundry upon submission. Reliance Foundry reserves the right to publish and re-publish submitted content as it sees fit.
Reliance Foundry reserves the right to award prizes at its own discretion. Previous participants are welcome to submit. However, previous winners will not be considered for awards.
Reliance Foundry will purchase all requested bicycle equipment, including taxes and shipping to the destination of the winner's choice, up to a total value of $5,000 (currency determined by the winner's residence).
Reliance Foundry assumes no tax liability for the provision of prize winnings. It is the responsibility of the winner to determine any tax ramifications and to address them accordingly.
Submission of contest entry constitutes agreement to these terms.
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