Academic Bike Challenge

UNB Sustainability is hosting the 3rd annual Academic Bike Challenge (ABC) during the month of August to encourage staff, faculty and, students to cycle more in their daily lives. Last year, UNB cycled a total of 5,575 kms!

ABC is a free event hosted by the German Münster University of Applied Science in partnership with the global bicycle App "Naviki".

How it works

All staff, faculty and, students of UNB can participate from either campus. Participants are encouraged to create teams and compete against others!

To participate in the ABC, participants simply record their everyday bike trips with the free Naviki app to track their kilometres.

Join the ABC

Ride with us! Join the Academic Bike Challenge by:

  1. Downloading the Naviki app and registering
  2. In the app, go to More → Contests → ABC 2023 → I'm Participating
  3. Create or join a team
  4. Cycle and record your trips in the app

The ABC runs for the entire month of August. Participants are free to cycle wherever and whenever they wish. This is not restricted to campus-related activities, and you can include leisure rides.

UNB bike resources

While leisure cycling is encouraged during the ABC, biking to campus is also something to strive for. UNB Sustainability offers you resources to encourage you to cycle to campus including:

Bike racks: You can park your bike on one of 29 bike racks located on UNB's Fredericton Campus or 5 bike racks on the Saint John Campus. Find the one most convenient for you using our Sustainability Map and lock your bike.

Free shower access is available on the Fredericton Campus at the CURRIE CENTER and on the Saint John Campus at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre. Just show proof of participation on your phone app!


UNB Sustainability will award the top three participants (who biked the farthest), with 1st place receiving a $100 gift card to a local bike shop, 2nd place will get a $75 gift card, and 3rd place a $50 gift card! A fourth $50 gift card is awarded to someone outside of the top three who also participated! (Every 10 km biked = 1 entry). 


By Joining the contest, participants accept the Naviki Terms of Use, which will be immediately accessible from the Naviki app. The Naviki's Terms of Use are in line with the strict European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A specific section of the Naviki Terms of Use relates to the ABC. Users will not be able to see trips recorded by other participants if these have been declared as "private" by their creator. Participants can easily switch their individual routes from "public" to "private". Users do not have to provide their real names but a nickname, which will be visible publicly.