Commuter Challenge 2019!

The Commuter Challenge happens May 1, 2019- May 31, 2019. To be eligible to participate, you must work for a company with 2 or more employees in the Greater Ann Arbor Area. During the Challenge, log your commutes, earn badges, and win prizes.

During the month of April, you can register and practice logging commutes to be ready for the big challenge.

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Sounds interesting, how do I take part?

With your Dashboard, you can log your alternative commutes, view your progress and compare your stats with others.

To participate in the Commuter Challenge:

  • Participated in a past challenge? Log in and reset your password to participate in the challenge.
  • New to this site? Register here to create your account and get ready to start logging commutes!
  • Logging trips will earn you badges as you reach certain milestones. (note: badges only awarded during May)
  • As you acquire badges, you'll be eligible for prizes! (note: prizes only awarded during May)

OK I'm signed up...how do I get started?

Once the challenge starts and you're logged in, you'll see the challenge site is split into three different areas:

  • Dashboard
  • Leader board
  • Social

Dashboard

The Dashboard is your mission control for your challenge. From here you can see a summary of your current stats at the top of the screen and also keep an eye on what's going on across the challenge in the activity feed. You can log trips, check on your progress and compare your stats to other commuters.

Leaderboard

The Leaderboard is the best place to check on the competition and see what you are up against. Here you can see who has the most points and the current standings.

Percentages are based on the number of employees who have logged 1 or more commutes for this campaign, divided by the number of people the organization reported as working at the location.

The Organization Leaderboard standings are determined by:

  • Participation
  • Avg trips
  • Distance

The User Leaderboard standings are determined by:

  • Points
  • Trips
  • Distance

Blog

Got something to share? Then the Social section is the perfect place to shout about it. It could be that you're proud of your commitment to sustainable travel, that you want to share the efforts of your workplace or that you have a funny commuting story to share in our blog. The Social section is the place to offer encouraging words to others or even start some competitive chat by adding a comment to someone else's blog post - play nicely please!

How do I log my frequent Trips?

If you have the same commute on most days, you can create a frequent trip in the “log trips” section. Try it and see!

Please note - due to programming issues, we will not be able to offer the Strava integration for this Challenge. We are working with our developer to get this fixed for our next Challenge. We apologize for the inconvenience. We really liked having that option to make logging commutes easier.

What badges can I win? I love badges!

Earn the following badges as you participate in the Commuter Challenge:

  • Green Commute Day Badge = Earn when you log your commute on Green Commute Day (May 1st).
  • Ice Cream Badge = Earn the coveted Washtenaw Dairy FREE Ice Cream coupon when you log your first trip.
  • Bike to Work Day = Earn when you log a bike trip on National Bike to Work Day (May 17th).
  • Border to Border = Earn when you log 10 trips.
  • Coney the Happy Construction Cone = Earn when you log 20 trips and receive a coupon for a FREE Zingermans Ice Tea.
  • GenZe E-Bike = Earn when you log 30 trips and be automatically entered to win a FREE GenZe E-bike. WOW!
  • Drink Badge = Earn when you log 36 trips and receive a coupon for a FREE drink at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.
  • Bell Tower = Earn when you log 40 trips.
  • Super Commuter = Earn when you log 44 trips.

Note: You can also earn badges with points:

  • 1 trip = 1 point
  • 1 referral = 2 points

Note: Coupons emailed weekly via Mailchimp

Referrals earn you more points?

We want people to tell their friends and colleagues about the challenge. We're giving away bonus points for each person you refer to the challenge. All you need to do is give your friends or co-workers the email address you used to sign up to the challenge, and they can enter it when they sign up. You'll then automatically get some bonus points! The more you refer, the more points you get.

Note: Before you get bonus points, the person you have referred needs to log at least one trip.

Event Schedule for the Challenge

May 1st - May 5th: Green Commute Week

All Week: #NoMoHaiku

  • Send us a Haiku about your non-motorized commute, photos encouraged. That includes running, biking, walking and even skateboarding and kayaking!
  • Post your Haiku to social media using our hashtags or email it to us at commute@theride.org
  • Be eligible to win gift cards from Argus Farms or Comet Coffee.
  • Include: #NoMoHaiku & #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 6th

Wednesday, May 1st: Green Commute Day Photo Contest - #COMMUTEANDWIN

  • Everyone dresses in GREEN!
  • Take a photo of your co-workers in Green.
  • Post your photo to social media using our hashtags or email it to us at commute@theride.org and be eligible to win Michigan Theater or Revel or Roll gift cards for your team (up to 20).
  • Include: #GreenCommuteA2 & #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 6th

Thursday, May 2nd: Referral Thursday

  • Who have you recruited this week? Get co-workers to sign up and add your email as the referral.
  • We'll randomly draw names for participants with referral points. Be entered to win gift cards People's Food Coop or Lucky's Market.
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 6th

Friday, May 3rd: Friendly Fridays - #COMMUTEANDWIN

  • Encourage a friend or co-worker to do an alternative commute with you and take a photo.
  • Post your Friendly photo to social media using our hashtags or email it to us at commute@theride.org and be entered to win gift cards for you and 1 friend from Avalon Bakery & Cafe or Hollanders.
  • Include: #FriendlyFridaysA2 & #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 6th

May 6th - May 12th: Bus to work week

All Week: Weekly Challenge: #TheBusIsUs

  • Take a photo of yourself on the bus, at a bus stop, etc. It can be with your team or by yourself.
  • Post your photo of your alternative commute to our social media or email it to us at commute@theride.org and be entered to win some amazing gift cards. Include: #TheBusIsUs and #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 13th

All Week: Random Drawing

  • Log a bus commute this week and be entered to win one of the following: $10 gift card to Red Hawk or $10 gift card to Amer's
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 13th

Thursday, May 9th: Referral Thursday

  • Who have you recruited this week? Get co-workers to sign up and add your email as the referral
  • Random drawing for participants with referral points. Be entered to win amazing gift cards.
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 13th

Friday, May 10th: Friendly Fridays - #COMMUTEANDWIN

  • Friendly Fridays: Encourage a friend or co-worker to do an alternative commute with you and take a photo
  • Post your photo of your alternative commute to our social media (see the rules) or email us and be entered to win some amazing gift cards. Include: #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 13th

May 13th - May 17th: Bike to Work Week Sponsored by Atomic Object

All Week: Weekly Challenges: #BikeToWorkA2

  • Snap a photo of yourself or your team with your bike(s).
  • Post your photo of your alternative commute to our social media or email it to us at commute@theride.org and be entered to win some amazing gift cards. #BikeToWorkA2 and #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 20th

All Week: Random Drawing

  • Log a bike commute this week and be entered to win some amazing prizes
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 20th

Monday, May 13th: Bike to Work Day Kick Off!!

  • Hosted by the Ann Arbor DDA
  • Join us on the corner of Fifth Ave. & William
  • Hours 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm
  • Donuts, cookies, swag & a chance to win a pair of Ortlieb high-visibility rear bicycle panniers
  • Click here for more information

Friday, May 17th: Bike to Work Day!!

  • Get a badge if you ride your bike to work on this day and log your commute

Bike Commuting Stations - click here for a list of all 12 stations (scroll down to bottom of page) 

Raffle as part of Bike Commuting Stations enter for the chance to win:

  • GoalZero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel Charger & Flip 20 Charger
  • NiteRider front bike light & Planet Bike rear light from Tree Fort Bikes
  • Moosejaw gift bag
  • Domino's Pizza gift card

Take a pic visiting stations and be entered to win one of several fantastic gift cards from local businesses. Include: #biketoworka2 & #COMMUTEANDWIN

Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 20th

May 20th - 26th: Walk to Work and Carpool to Work Week

All Week: Weekly Challenges: #WalktoWorkA2 #CarpooltoWorkA2

  • Snap a photo of yourself or your team on your walk or in your carpool to work
  • Post your photo of your alternative commute to our social media or email it to us at commute@theride.org and be entered to win some amazing gift cards. #WalkToWorkA2 or #CarpoolToWorkA2 and #COMMUTEANDWIN

All Week: Random Drawing

  • Log a walking commute this week and be entered to win one of the following: $50 gift card to Bivouac, a $50 gift card to Footprints & local restaurant gift cards
  • Log a Carpool or Vanpool commute and be entered to win a $100 gas card or other amazing gift cards
  • Winners selected and announced on Tuesday, May 28th

Friday, May 24th: School Spirit Day

  • Snap a photo of yourself decked out in your school stuff to be entered to win Mden gift cards (see photo rules). Include: #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Tuesday, May 28th

May 27th - May 31st: Creative Commute Week All Week: Weekly Challenges:

  • Snap a pic of your weird and wonderful commute and tell us about it to be entered to win fun gift cards(see photo rules). Include: #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Log an alternative commute this week and be entered to win fun gift cards
  • Winners selected and announced on Tuesday, June 4th

Thursday, May 31st: Last Day of the Challenge

  • Finishing logging those commutes and earning badges.

June 1st - June 4th: Wrapping up the Challenge

Monday, June 3rd

  • LAST DAY TO LOG COMMUTES!

Tuesday, June 4th

  • Organization winners announced!
  • Referral grand prizes randomly drawn
  • Captain grand prizes randomly drawn
  • Overall individuals randomly drawn

Commuter Challenge photo and Haiku submission rules

To be eligible for prize drawings, you need to be registered for the Commuter Challenge and do the following:

  • Submit photos on our social media. Be sure to make your photos public, tag @getdowntown, include #COMMUTEandWIN and #NoMoHaiku (for Haiku challenge)
  • Facebook - @getdowntown
  • Twitter - @getdowntown
  • Instagram - @getdowntown
  • If you submit your photos on social media, you'll need to email us at commute@theride.org. Please include your name and the organization you are with.
  • You can also email us your photos to commute@theride.org and we'll post it to social media for you. Be sure to include your name and the organization you are with.

I have questions

No problem - email us at commute@theride.org

Looking for commuting help and tips? Check out the getDowntown website

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