Commuter Challenge – Can You Rise to It? By: Ellie

As a bike commuter, from the occasional to hard-core-through-the-winter-warrior, ever wonder about the impact of your activity in terms of fuel savings or greenhouse gas emission reduction?  Or what about just a simple tally of miles traveled over time?  If so, have we got a program for you: Commuter Challenge, a partnership between several organizations’ efforts to promote alternative transportation modalities, namely Metro Transit, Smart Trips, Commuter Connection, and the Anoka County Transportation Management Organization

The kick-off Commuter Challenge event occurred April 1 through June 30, where members tracked 91,000 trips totaling over 1.1 MILLION miles – reducing by 326 tons the amount of CO2 that would have been produced by instead driving alone!  There were chances for prizes available during this event for members who pledged to try more environmentally friendly forms of transportation during the challenge timeframe from carpooling, mass transit, telecommuting, biking, running, and/or walking.  Activities were self-tracked through individuals’ accounts on the Challenge’s website.  But the fun isn’t over!  Anyone can “Extend the Challenge” by using the same tracking program to be entered in weekly drawings for $50 Target gift cards.  Just make a trip using one of the earth-friendlier modalities once a week and you’re automatically entered.

Here’s what it looks like to use – just enter how you got there and how far it is… 

…and your total number of trips, miles traveled, fuel savings and CO2 emissions reduction is tabulated for you:

It’s really quite gratifying to see quantified how much you’re contributing to your own health and the health of our planet.

Sign up here and start today!!


Thanks Ellie!  Has anyone used the Commuter Challange webste? What kind of numbers are you getting for a week?

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