Commuter Challenge

The Commuter Challenge runs from May 1-31, 2017. During the Challenge, log your commute trips to earn badges and win prizes.

So you can get used to logging trips before the challenge starts, we are running a 'mini-challenge' from April 3-30 2017. No prizes will be awarded, but have fun!

Sounds interesting, how do I take part?

The Commuter Challenge happens from May 1-31, 2017. During the Challenge, log your commutes, earn badges, and win prizes.

With your Dashboard, you can log your alternative commutes, set goals, and compare your stats with others.

To participate in the Commuter Challenge:

  • Participated in a past challenge? Log on 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 even set yourself a personal challenge to walk or cycle a set amount each day.

Leaderboard

The Leaderboard is the best place to check on the competition and see what you are up against. Here you can see who’s got the most points and the badges they have won.

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!

(NEW) Can I use the Strava app to track my active trips?

Yes! For cyclists, walkers, runners you can use the Strava app to track and sync your commutes with the website. Here's how:

  • Create a Strava account if you don't already have one. You can do this via their website or via the free app.
  • Once you have the app on your phone, open it at the start of your commute
  • Press 'Record Activity' and get on your way
  • When you arrive at your place of work, stop the trip
  • Before you save, make sure you press the COMMUTE tag button - we only count trips that have been tagged as a commute. You can also use this cool website to automatically 'tag' your active commutes (no need to remember to tag)
  • Go to the Commuter Challenge dashboard, click 'Sync Apps' and connect your Strava account and your trips will automatically sync and get added to the leaderboard!
  • Keep logging your trips and coming back to the site to sync and update the leaderboards

If you want to disconnect your Strava account at any time, you can do so.

Any commute data captured by a GPS device and shared with Strava will also sync with the website. Just make sure you connect your account with our website. We will not share any of your data with any third parties and you can disconnect at anytime.

(NEW) I'm going to ask other people to get involved...are there any rewards?

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.

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!

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 when you log your first trip.
  • Bike to Work Day = Earn when you log a bike trip on National Bike to Work Day (May 19th).
  • Coney the Happy Construction Cone = Earn when you log 10 trips. (5 Commutes)
  • Border to Border = Earn when you log 20 trips. (10 Commutes)
  • Ypsi Water Tower = Earn when you log 30 trips. (15 Commutes)
  • Drink Badge = Earn when you log 36 trips. (18 Commutes)
  • Bell Tower = Earn when you log 40 trips. (20 Commutes)
  • Super Commuter = Earn when you log 44 trips. (22 Commutes)

Note: You can also earn badges with points:

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

Event Schedule for the Challenge

Commuter Challenge photo 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 and #COMMUTEANDWIN
    • 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.

Commuter Challenge Events Schedule

May 1st - May 7th: 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! Be eligible to win fun gift cards. Include: #NoMoHaiku & #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 8th

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

  • Everyone dresses in GREEN! Submit a photo of your co-workers and be eligible to win Michigan Theater or Revel and Roll gift cards for your team (up to 25).
  • Winners selected and announced on Tuesday, May 2nd

Wednesday, May 3rd: Challenge Wednesday

  • Update on the Howard vs Greg Challenge (Ann Arbor City Administrator vs Washtenaw County Administrator)
  • Who have you challenged today? Find a co-worker to challenge and make it fun.

Thursday, May 4th: 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 8th

Friday, May 5th: Friendly Fridays - #COMMUTEANDWIN

  • 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 8th

May 8th - May 14th: 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 (see the rules) or email us and be entered to win some amazing gift cards. Include: #TheBusIsUs and #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 15th

All Week: Random Drawing

  • Log a bus 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 card
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 15th

Wednesday, May 10th: Challenge Wednesday

  • Update on the Howard vs Greg Challenge (Ann Arbor City Administrator vs Washtenaw County Administrator)
  • Who have you challenged today? Find a co-worker to challenge and make it fun.

Thursday, May 11th: 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 15th

Friday, May 12th: 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 15th

May 15th - May 21st: Bike to Work Week Sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK Innovation Center

All Week: Weekly Challenges:

  • Log a bike commute this week and be entered to win a Garmin Smart Bike Light from the Local Bike Shop or other great gift cards
  • Log a Strava bike commute this week and be entered to win a Garmin Rearview Radar Bundle from the Local Bike Shop
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 22nd

Wednesday, May 17th: Challenge Wednesday

  • Update on the Howard vs Greg Challenge (Ann Arbor City Administrator vs Washtenaw County Administrator)
  • Who have you challenged today? Find a co-worker to challenge and make it fun.

Thursday, May 18th: 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 22nd

Friday, May 19th: Bike to Work Day!!

  • Get a badge if you ride your bike to work on this day and log your commute
  • Bike Commuting Stations
  • Raffle as part of Bike Commuting Stations enter for the chance to win:
    • Bike gift bag from Moosejaw
    • Hands On Museum free passes
    • Lots of fun gift cards
  • Take a pic visiting stations and be entered to win one of several $10 gift cards from local businesses. Include: #COMMUTEANDWIN
  • Winners selected and announced on Monday, May 22nd

May 22nd - 28th: Walk to Work and Carpool to Work Week

All Week: Weekly Challenges

  • Log a walking commute this week and be entered to win a Garmin VivoSmart from Bivouac or other great gift cards
  • Log a Carpool or Vanpool commute and be entered to win a $50 gas card or other amazing gift cards
  • Winners selected and announced on Tuesday, May 30th

Wednesday, May 24th: Challenge Wednesday

  • Update on the Howard vs Greg Challenge (Ann Arbor City Administrator vs Washtenaw County Administrator)
  • Who have you challenged today? Find a co-worker to challenge and make it fun.

Thursday, May 25th: 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 Tuesday, May 30th

    Friday, May 26: 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 30th

May 29th - 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 Monday, June 5th

Wednesday, May 31st: Wrapping up the Challenge

  • Update on the Howard vs Greg Challenge (Ann Arbor City Administrator vs Washtenaw County Administrator)

June 1st - June 6th: Creative Commute Week

Monday, June 5th

  • LAST DAY TO LOG COMMUTES!

Tuesday, June 6th

  • Organization winners announced!
  • Howard vs Greg Challenge winner announced

I have questions

No problem - email us at commute@theride.org

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