About

The Commuter Challenge is a month long event in May encouraging the use of eco-friendly commuting. Biking, carpooling, taking the bus, telecommuting, vanpooling, and walking all result in a reduced carbon footprint, free up traffic congestion, and promote our own health.

Every commute logged by a participant is entered into a drawing for great prizes.

The Commuter Challenge is a great time to try a new mode of transportation and reap the benefits.

How Does the Challenge Work?

Sign up

  • Take a green commute during the month of May
  • Log your trips at least once per week
  • Win great prizes!

Commuting Options

Start exploring your new commute to work. Below are many alternative modes of transportation across Southeast Michigan that will help save you money, reduce traffic and avoid the stress of driving to work!

Bike

Bicycling just 20 minutes a day will reduce the risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure, improve your mood, and keep you feeling energetic.

Bus

- Detroit Department of Transportation

DDOT busses are serving 103,000 riders per weekday in the City of Detroit and adjacent communities.

- SMART

With 43 routes, SMART connects residents of Macomb County and parts of Wayne and Oakland County to work, medical appointments, shopping, and families. With more than 5,000 stops, including park and ride locations, we are never far from where you are.

Carpool

SEMCOG's MiRideShare is A free carpool matching service. Commuters can save $3,000 a year just by sharing a ride to work.

Sign up for “commuter insurance” and you won’t need to worry about being stranded at work when you share the ride. The Guaranteed Ride Home Program gives you a free ride in case of emergency.

Detroit People Mover

The People Mover is a fully automated light rail system that operates on an elevated single-track loop in Downtown Detroit.

Telecommuting

Telecommuting (working from home) reduces traffic-induced stress, saves money, increases employee productivity and job satisfaction. Are you able to telecommute? If so, that counts as a green commute!

Vanpool - MichiVan

Using MichiVan, commuters vanpool together and share a van with colleagues, neighbors, and others who have a similar route to work. Vanpools are great for commuter groups of more than 5 people who travel more than 15 miles each way.

Walk

Walking just 10 minutes a day is a great way to combat fatigue and boost energy levels. Walking is the easiest and most convenient alternative commute, and it is free! If you live close enough to work, try walking during the month of May.

Commuter Challenge Rules

Eligibility

The Commuter Challenge is open to any individual who works or goes to school in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Monroe, or St. Clair counties.

How To Enter

Login or register online. Earn one entry for every day that a green commute option is logged. A green commute option includes: bike, bus, carpool, People Mover, telework, vanpool, or walk.

Challenge Period

The Commuter Challenge runs May 1 to May 31.

Requirements

All participants in the Commuter Challenge must register and create an account or use their existing Commuter Challenge account to track their eligible commute trips.

All logged trips will earn one entry for the month-long prize drawing.  Eligible trips include bike, bus, carpool, People Mover, telework, vanpool, or walk. Winners are only eligible to win one prize in the month-long grand prize drawing.

Recognition

By participating in the Challenge, individuals agree to the use of their names, commute mode, and employer or school name for promotional purposes.

Verification of Winners

All winners will be notified within 48 hours of each drawing via the email address they used to register for the Commuter Challenge.  Failure to respond to email within 14 business days will forfeit the prize, and Commuter Challenge will draw another winner. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of notice, at which time they will be considered forfeited.