Commute to Work Challenge May 6-15, 2013
In May 2012, Bozeman held its first Bike to Work Challenge. In 2013, the Challenge has expanded to include not only biking, but also bus, walking and carpooling. Bozeman's Human Resources Development Council, the Western Transportation Institute and the Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board organized the Challenge as part of Community Action month and National Bike to Work month. It was a friendly competition between organizations that rewards employees who choose sustainable transportation, while promoting health, clean air and cost savings.
What do people have to say about Bozeman's Commute Challenge?
One Belgrade to Bozeman commuter took her bike on the Streamline bus to the MSU campus, and then biked a mile and a half to her office. "While I have worked downtown for five months, I had never taken the Streamline from Belgrade," said Krista Seneker. "The Commuter Challenge gave me the impetus to give it a try, and I found it to be easy, relaxing and convenient. I will definitely keep it up."
Oracle received a 3-speed Kona Commuter Bike from Summit Bike & Ski for rallying a large team and logging many miles. The Oracle Team donated the bike to HRDC to find a deserving citizen that is in need of a commuter bike.
The "Huffine Rollers", Chris and Jared, have biked down Huffine Lane to work at Croakies for the past 5 years. Jared averages 1,500+ miles per summer on his bike. Chris, who hit an all-time high of 900 miles last summer, bikes to stay fit. Both bike to save money and limit their carbon pollution. While they see a lot of road kill and litter, they also see great beauty in the valley. They love watching the weather, viewing migrating birds, and being outside twice a day before and after work. "We wish more people in the center valley and west side of town would get out of their cars and get on a bike twice a day and plug into life on the ground level. The Gallatin Valley would a much better place," says Chris.
We hope the challenge raises awareness of this ridesharing site's carpool matching features, which can help people find rides for essential trips to employment, health care, and child care.
It's surprising," says Heather Grenier, HRDC's Chief Operations Officer, "but for quite a few people in Montana, the cost of owning and operating a car prices them out of this transportation market. This limits essential travel quite a bit," Grenier points out. "It's our hope that many of our customers will sign up for the ride share site and find carpool partners for much needed trips."
50 teams comprised of 284 people logged 6085 miles by bike, 391 miles walking, 3759 miles carpooling and 671 miles by bus. For a full list of teams and results, click here. To learn more about HRDC visit www.thehrdc.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if my address does not register?
- If there is a cross street near your home or destination, type the street names in the address space provided. For example (Kagy St. and 11th Ave., Bozeman, MT)
- We are adding points of interest (such as Universities, ski areas and others by request) that are missing from the map system. If you find a point of interest that has been missed, please contact us and we will add it for you (call Rebecca at 406-994-6541).
What should I do if my employer is not listed?
Select no employer for now. Contact us with your employer's name and physical address and we will add to the list.
Why aren't my commute statistics showing up under my employer?
The commute saving statistics summary (by green tree) updates nightly for site wide and for employers (a procedure runs nightly to update the data). The data instantaneously saves the commute calendar data for individuals.
How come I'm not getting credit for fuel savings etc. when I log my commutes with "carpool drive"?
Carpool Drive commutes have a credit factor of 0 because you are not reducing your driving. If you select Carpool Ride, then you will get credit for reducing gas, etc.. in the commute statistics.
Why does the site ask for my home address? I'm nervous about having that information available to the public.
The site uses your home address to find your commute route and match with others. Your home address is not available to the public, only a general location on the site map. If the site determines you have a match, it gives only your first name and last initial to potential carpool partners.
How can I create an account to track my daily bicycling, walking or bus use, without creating a commute profile ?
After you have completed the "Create Account" section, you have officially created an account. To confirm this, you will see your email address at the top menu bar.