Bike Challenge Winners Announced

Friday, September 27, 2013

After almost 1,200 submissions for the Bike Haiku Challenge, The Takeaway has selected 10 winners.

There were tons of beautiful, funny and interesting poems entered by people from all walks of life. The entries show that those in rural towns and big cities, men and women, the young and old love their bicycles, the experience of cycling, and of course, haikus. 

It was a difficult process for our judges. Below you'll find our 10 winners who will each receive a Takeaway bike helmet.

A special thanks to Charlie McCorkell, owner of Bicycle Habitat in New York City, for donating the prizes for this contest.

Congratulations to all of our winners. And safe riding to everyone who participated.
Congratulations to all of our winners. And safe riding to everyone who participated. 

Visit our bike series page here to find out more about biking in America.


Mimi Boothby, Seattle, WA

Listens on KUOW 

He gave me a bike

lovingly, now he is gone.

I still ride with him.

Jo Chapman, Titusville, FL

Listens on WMFE

Training wheels are gone.

Dad says he's holding the seat.

Trust, don't verify.

Charles Clark, Tallula, IL

Listens on WUIS

Old cobwebs cling to

rusting spokes. Old man dreams of

the wind on the road.

John Davendorf, Lambertville, NJ

Listens on WHYY

I've had many bikes

But a number were stolen.

Is that a bike share?

Brenda J. Gannam, Brooklyn, NY

Listens on WNYC

Right behind the hearse

I adjust my helmet strap

A wee bit tighter.

Julie Greenberg, Philadelphia, PA

Listens on WHYY

Bike flies, sun shines, my

Spirit soars. I am freedom.

Sharp glass. Deflation.

Lillian Kennedy, Boulder, CO

Listens online to Vermont Public Radio

I fly, spin by, sigh.

Cows and clouds. Corn and clover.

Hi and then good-bye.

Ike McMahon, Tampa, FL

Listens on WUSF

Bike seat, no padding

texting girl in front of me,

both pains in my ass.

Cathy Pickard, St. Louis, MO

Listens on KWMU

His and hers cycling.

He rides fast. She smells roses.

Who has to shift gears?

Peter Smith, Bellville, WA

Listens on KUOW

A new world opens:

Faces, sounds, seasonal change

At the speed of bike.

Comments [5]

Andrew from Portland, OR

How have you not made this into a book? I would buy it...for Christmas. Hint hint.

Dec. 01 2013 02:27 AM
Jim from Rocking chair

Ride on, lovingly, Mimi!

Sep. 30 2013 02:06 PM

It would be good for judges in future poetry contests
to have some poetry credentials. This contest was
judged by 3 radio announcers, none of whom appears
to know how to evaluate poetry.

In addition, only one of them sounds like an
experienced commuter cyclist.

Sep. 29 2013 07:05 PM
Mimi from Seattle

interesting that the first and last Baiku were from people in Washington.
Are we more bikey? More poetic?
To those of you that wondered; I was writing about my recently deceased husband who gave me much,more than just a bike, but a love of cycling as well.

Sep. 27 2013 06:30 PM
Ellen Davidson from Manhattan

This happened yesterday:

Helmet hits the road
Head hits helmet; helmet cracks,
Not head. Thanks, helmet.

Sep. 27 2013 04:00 PM

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