Commuter Challenge

The Commuter Challenge runs May 1 - 31, 2024! The goal of the Commuter Challenge is to help community members become more inclined to commute to work via walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, and taking the bus and continue to do so after the competition. This challenge is for people who work in the greater Ann Arbor area.

The Commuter Challenge takes place online through CommuteAndWin.org. Once registered, individuals should navigate to the challenge page to start or join a team. Once you've created or joined your workplace team, you can earn prizes for using alternative modes of transportation besides driving alone for work trips!

 

Commuter Challenge Information

In addition to the main challenge, Commuter Challenge participants will be able to participate in the getDowntown Program's social media challenges. 

  • Individuals must be registered on CommuteAndWin.org and have logged a qualifying trip to be eligible to receive individual prizes. 
  • Winners will be chosen at random from those who meet qualifications at the time of the drawing. 
  • Details about the 2024 social media challenges are coming soon!

To be eligible for team prizes: 

  • Workplace teams must submit their total number of employees to getDowntown, not just those signing up to be eligible. Co-workers participate together to see if they can get the highest percentage of employees to try an alternative commute. 
  • If you get the most participation in your size category, participants from your organization will win a celebration at your worksite! 
  • In the case of a tie, the category winner will be determined to be the workplace team with the higher average distance logged per participant. 
  • Eligible workplaces must have addresses in the city of Ann Arbor, city of Ypsilanti or Ypsilanti township. Ann Arbor DDA, AAATA and City of Ann Arbor are not eligible. 
  • Qualifying trips must be logged by June 7th to be counted toward this contest.

Organization size categories:

  • 2-20 employees
  • 21-49 employees
  • 50-100 employees
  • 101+ employees

Why does this program exist? 

The goal of the Commuter Challenge is to help community members become more inclined to commute via walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, and taking the bus in May and after the competition.

What are the dates of the event? 

Commute trips taken May 1- 31, 2024 count towards the challenge.  

Am I eligible to participate? 

This challenge is for people who work in the greater Ann Arbor area. See Prizes and Rules for additional details. 

Can I participate by myself? 

Yes. We encourage whole workplaces to join the challenge and try get as many employees as possible trying an alternative way of commuting at least one day this May. If you are the only person from your workplace who signs up, you could still win individual prizes. Additional tools to help you recruit your co-workers can be found under Marketing Materials on this page.

How do I register? 

You can register at commuteandwin.org. See our video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

How do I earn points? 

You earn points by logging travel for work trips. You receive points for trips logged by walking, bus, bike, carpool, vanpool, active rolling, teleworking, scootering, skateboarding and rollerblading. The platform will allow you to log personal trips you may take, like going to the grocery store, but those trips won’t count towards the challenge. Only logged trips for work will count toward the challenge. See forthcoming video tutorial for details on how to log trips.  

What counts as a trip that I can earn points from? 

You receive 2 points per commute trip logged by walking, bus, bike, carpool, vanpool, active rolling, teleworking, scootering, skateboarding and rollerblading. The platform will allow you to log personal trips you may take, like going to the grocery store, but those trips won’t count towards the challenge.

How many points can I earn in a day? 

You can earn up to 4 points per day in this challenge; each commute trip logged by walking, bus, bike, carpool, vanpool, active rolling, teleworking, scootering, skateboarding, or rollerblading is worth two points. 

Where can I find all the activities happening during the challenge?

The Activity Calendar is a good resource for activities related to the Commuter Challenge.

Where can I find resources to help me with alternative commuting?

Many resources for bike, bus, rideshare and walking can be found on getdowntown.org/commuter-resources. Additional tools to help you recruit your co-workers can be found under Marketing Materials on this page.

Why do I have to log the starting and ending location of my trips?

Logging where your trips started and ends helps calculate the greenhouse gasses that could be saved from your trip. The getDowntown program measures and reports the collective miles travelled and the estimated impact on greenhouse gas emissions of those participating in the challenge.  

Do I have to input the time my trips start?

When logging trips manually, you can input any start or end time to save time. If you are using Live Track to automatically record trips when detected, it is important to put in actual times and locations for the automation to detect your trips. The getDowntown program does not use information on travel times for reporting purposes.

What are the prizes? 

See our Prizes and Rules page for detailed information about prizes. getDowntown will provide prizes at levels that fall within the IRS safe harbor for de minimis limits.  

How are the winners chosen? 

See our Prizes and Rules page for detailed information about prizes.  

What should I do if I’m experiencing a glitch with the website or app?

Please don’t be shy about pointing out a bug you are experiencing! We might not know about the issue so explaining what you are experiencing to us will help get it fixed. Contact the getDowntown Program at information@getdowntown.org

What should I do if I have questions that aren’t answered in the FAQ or tutorial video?

Contact the getDowntown Program at information@getdowntown.org. We want you have to a great experience so get in touch!

Promotional materials for the 2024 Commuter Challenge are coming soon! 

Resources for bike, bus, rideshare and walking can be found on getdowntown.org/commuter-resources

May is also National Bike Month. Find information and resources regarding biking here and a local Bike Month calendar here

 

Information for the 2024 Commuter Challenge is coming soon! 

 

Commuter Challenge 2024

Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 31

The Commuter Challenge runs May 1 - 31, 2024! The goal of this fun competition is to encourage people who work in the greater Ann Arbor area to commute via walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, and taking the bus and continue to do so even after the competition has finished. 

Additional details on the 2024 Commuter Challenge will be posted in April!

Bike to Work Day 2023

Friday, May 19 to Friday, May 19

Many communities celebrate bicycling in May! In 2023, Bike to Work Week is May 15-21, with Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19, 2023. Find Ann Arbor Bike to Work Day information here.

Bike to Work Day Friday 5/19/23 7-10am Free food, drinks, games and more. Map available from Walk Bike Washtenaw. wbwc.org/bike-to-work-day

 

Commuter Challenge 2023

Monday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 31

The Commuter Challenge runs May 1 - 31, 2023! The goal of the Commuter Challenge is to help people who work in the greater Ann Arbor area commute via walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, and taking the bus and continue to do so after the competition. 

Click here for additional details on the 2023 Commuter Challenge.