All About Miles

The Sacramento Bike Hikers (club) keeps track of two different types of mileages ridden by its club members throughout the year for year-end awards. By doing so, the club hopes to motivate its club membership to ride more often and to use their bicycles as an alternative to cars and trucks. The two types of mileages are Club miles and Animal miles. Both are rounded to the nearest mile for each event.

Club Miles


Club miles are those miles ridden by club members on club events listed in the Ride Schedule. No Club Miles are given for events such as the Death Ride where participation is highly restricted. The mileage awarded will be that posted in the ride schedule, or as adjusted by the ride leader to reflect actual mileage.

Animal miles


Animal miles are given to encourage members to leave their cars at home by riding to and from the start location, especially if they live nearby. You claim animal miles on the sign in sheet (roster) under the column titled "license plate/animal miles." Animal miles are for actual miles ridden to and from the ride using the shortest safe route. You must complete the club ride offered. It is up to each individual to be as honest and fair as possible on the miles claimed as animal miles.

Mileage Awards

Club miles:


Any club member age 13 years or older will receive a mileage award for riding 500 or more club miles. Other mileage award levels are 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, etc. The three men and three women with the highest mileage for the year will receive a special award for club miles. Any member under 13 who rides 250 or more miles will also receive an award.

Animal miles:


Awards are only given to the top three men and the top three women based on who rode the most miles.
Mileages are recorded from January 1 through December 31, and awards are given at the Annual Banquet.
The above rules were adopted by the Sacramento Bike Hikers in October 2003. Animal Miles rules were modified in January 2004.