Make a Move! Join the Commuter Challenge this May

Are you looking for a great way to save money, reduce your carbon footprint, get fit and have fun? This is it!

The Commuter Challenge is a free commuting competition between Ann Arbor businesses to see who can log the most alternative commutes.

Bus, bike, walk, carpool/vanpool, even Park & Ride—whatever you choose, the Commuter Challenge makes alternative commuting fun and easy. Whether a lifetime change or just something you try once, you’ll get prizes, save money, and have a great time with your coworkers!

Employees can sign up for the 2013 Commuter Challenge now at and begin to log alternative commutes on May 1. Employees who participate in the Challenge will be able to see the miles traveled, C02 reduced, and other statistics for themselves and their organization throughout the Challenge.


Grand Prize: Organizations win the grand prize by getting the highest participation in their size category. The grand prize is a celebration at their worksite, with free food and drinks!

Team Spirit Challenges: Every week during the Challenge, individuals will be asked to submit photos and other items that promote team spirit around alternative commuting. Organizations that win the weekly challenges will be eligible for an award to display at their worksite. Individuals who participate in the weekly challenges will be eligible for all sorts of prizes, including restaurant gift cards, coffee gift cards and more!

Participant Prize: Every person who logs just one commute on the Commuter Challenge website during May will receive a coupon for free ice cream from Washtenaw Dairy. We will also have a non-dairy option.

More information about prizes can be found at

How Employees Can Register for the Commuter Challenge

• Registration is open now!
• Visit
• Create an account and click on the Register button
• Get co-workers to sign up, too!
• On May 1, a special section of the Commuter Challenge will open up so employees can start logging commutes.
• When an employee logs their first commute, they’ll get a free ice cream coupon.
• Organizations with the highest participation in their size category by the end of the Challenge will win the grand prize: a party at their worksite!
• Each week will celebrate the benefits of each alternative commuting method: walking, biking, busing, and carpooling/vanpooling. Whatever you choose, we’ll help make it fun.

Find out more about the Challenge and Register at

View below for some of the fun ways you can participate throughout the week:

Green Commute Day (May 1) and Week (May 1-5)
The first day of the Commuter Challenge is Green Commute Day. Organizations are encouraged to take a group picture of co-workers wearing green to win great prizes.

Bus to Work Week (May 6-12)
Look for a bus commute themed weekly challenge and contests via the getDowntown and TheRide Facebook and Twitter Feeds. We may also have a Bus Stop Blitz where you can win prizes just for taking the bus. AATA employees will board buses and hand out fun prizes.

Bike to Work Week (May 13-19)
Bike Commuting Stations for National Bike to Work Day (May 17, 2013): We’ll be celebrating all things biking during National Bike to Work Day. Stop by a bike commuting station for free food, drinks, and other great stuff. Want to host a bike commuting station? Email us at for an informational packet.

Walk to Work Week (May 20-26)
Walk to Work Week Prize Patrol: Get rewarded for walking to work! The getDowntown Program and TheRide will be giving away free drink cards at select locations to anyone who stops by and shows their I Walk to Work Button, or tells us that they walked to work (pins are available at the getDowntown Office at 518 E. Washington).

Carpool and Vanpool to Work Week (May 27-May 31)
Check your email for a special Carpool/Vanpool-themed Weekly Challenge. Also learn more about TheRide’s new Rideshare website that will make it easy for you to find a carpool partner.

Commuter Challenge 2012 Results: In 2012, 239 Organizations competed in the Commuter Challenge and 1,948 participants logged at least one green commute in May. There were a total of 20,807 green commutes logged by participants. Collectively, participants logged 296,351 sustainable miles.