2017 Commuter Challenge
Participate in the 2017 Commuter Challenge (April 1 - May 31) by using commute alternatives to, from or through San Mateo County to work.
Become a Commute STAR at my.commute.org!
1. Register or login at my.commute.org
2. Use the trip planner to discover your commute options.
3. Go to your dashboard and log your trips for a chance to win prizes.
|Weekly Prizes||Grand Prizes|
|Rickshaw Bagworks commuter bag||Folding bicycle|
|FitBit Alta Blaze||$300 Clipper Card|
|Thermal insulated bottle||$300 Tanforan Mall shopping spree|
|Portable charger||Customized Rickshaw Bagworks bag|
|Bamboo utensil set||$400 REI gift card|
|$40 Clipper card|
|$40 REI gift card|
|$40 Scoop carpool credit|
|$25 Lyft gift card|
Take the Challenge and see firsthand what an empowering experience it is to not only make positive commute choices, but also quantify your commute impact. See how many pounds of emissions, gallons of gas, and dollars you can save!
Register or login at my.commute.org to take the Challenge and start winning. Spread the word at your San Mateo County workplace!
Employer eNews May 2017
Valuable information for San Mateo County employers (click here to view online). In this issue:
- Final Push for 2017 Commuter Challenge
- Top Reasons to Continue Using my.Commute.org After the Challenge
- Bike to Work Day Prize Pack Winner
2016 STAR Platform Impact Report
Commute.org inspires Bay Area residents to realize that their commute to, from and through San Mateo County really do count. Thousands of residents utilize Commute.org's digital platform to search, plan and track their commute options and actual performance. In 2016, the following results from personalized my.Commute.org STAR accounts confirm that local commuters can make a measurable difference.
New tool for Commuters and Employers
We are offering commuters and employers in San Mateo County a tool to help them increase the use of alternative transportation, reduce traffic and parking stress, and increase air quality by using the new my.commute.org tool powered by RideAmigos (UNITY Platform Overview Video).
We encourage everyone to try out the tool by logging on to my.commute.org and creating an account. The tool is great for individual commuters but can also be used by employers as well. Below you'll see the benefits that are available to commuters and employers.
Commuters will find helpful resources to navigate the new platform under ‘FAQ’ in the platform. However, we have highlighted a few of the most commonly asked questions here.
- Track Your Impact & Get Rewarded: Users may track their trip choices to see the impact on their costs and local environment, receive rewards, and compete with fellow residents and employees your area. By tracking travel choices in a diary, users will receive digital badges that can be shared on social media for actions such as “first alternative trip logged” or “first bicycle trip.” Top performers for each travel mode will also be displayed on a digital leaderboard. Tracking trips may also enter a user in a contest or campaign.
- Explore Your Transportation Options: My Commute.org will provide a range of travel options for a user’s trip and the impacts associated with each choice. This will help the user to make an informed decision about their trip.
- Match Your Trip with Others (carpool, vanpool and more): Save time, money and reduce your impact by finding fellow residents and employees taking similar trips to match a trip with. Simply set your origin and destination for a regular or one-time trip. My Commute.org will match the user with others who have a similar travel plan. Users can search and view potential trip matches that are based upon a specific radius from the origin, destination and along the route. Once an original search has been entered, users are able to easily modify their search, save it for later, or go back and review their recent searches. Users should save and share trips as "favorites" so others can match with them.
If your company would like to use this platform at your worksite, we have an option to create a network solely for your company and employees. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.
Key features available to an employer network include:
- Commuter Trip Planner Don’t let your commuters miss out on any commute options again. Help them use all available modes of transportation, including ridesharing, vanpooling, transit, bus, biking, and walking.
- Interactive Commuter Dashboard Provide users with the most important information all in one place, including trip logging, personal statistics, virtual badges, leaderboards, challenges, and more.
- Gamification, Challenges & Incentives Empower and excite your commuters by creating fun challenges and rewarding incentive programs based on any criteria.
- Connected Transportation Tracking Apps (coming soon) Using an integrated smartphone app, the RideAmigos platform allows users to easily log their trips. The automatic commute logging feature keeps track of different transportation modes and provides the kind of verifiable data that’s most useful for administrators.
- Data Analysis & Reporting Gain instant and unlimited access to all your data, such as system registration, trip logs, carpool usage, or surveys. Graphs, GIS cluster mapping, and export options make it easy to put platform data to work.
- Event Travel Planning Give event attendees the power of choice using our trip planning and ridesharing options tailored specifically for the needs of special event organizers and producers.
- Sub-Network Creation and Management Networks can have multiple sub-networks, including program, organizational, or office park networks. Flexible options include assigning administrators, privacy settings, and domain-level membership.
Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Made Permanent
After achieving strong bi-partisan support in the state legislature the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program was signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on September 22. The author of the bill, Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, called it, “A great day for the environment, a great day for commuters and their employers.”
Senate Bill 1128, which passed the state legislature without any opposition, authorizes the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to jointly continue the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, a program that requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area to offer commuter benefits to their employees.
Employers subject to the program are required by law to register via the program website, select a commuter benefit and offer their program to their employees. The goal of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion by using the federal tax code to encourage employees to commute by adopting alternatives to driving alone.
For more information click here.
Traffic Challenges in San Mateo County
Let’s face it, traffic in San Mateo County is bad and getting worse. Our county is the beneficiary of a robust economy, but a by-product of that success is traffic congestion that now extends well beyond the traditional peak hour commute periods and locations. While there are some promising projects being considered to ease the traffic congestion in San Mateo County, most of them are many years and millions of dollars down the road. In the meantime, it’s up to all of us to make small changes to our commutes so that collectively we can make progress in reducing traffic congestion in the county.
Can you trade your drive to work for a bike ride or a transit trip? How about carpooling with coworkers? Does your employer have a telework option? San Mateo County’s transportation demand management agency, Commute.org, wants to know if you are up to the challenge. We recognize that most commuters can’t leave their cars at home every day, but using a commute alternative one or two days a week can make a huge difference.
We know that driving alone to and from work has typically been the most convenient option for most commuters, but given the increase in traffic over the past couple of years that equation has started to change for many. In an effort to get people to consider options to driving alone, Commute.org recently hosted a county-wide Commuter Challenge.
The 2016 Commuter Challenge ran for two months (Apr-May 2016) with amazing results. Commuter Challenge participants logged over 43,000 trips where they used bikes, transit, walking, carpools, vanpools and shuttles to commute. 789,000 miles of alternative commutes resulted in an estimated 207 tons of CO2 reductions. And those commuters who reported using an active mode like biking or walking burned over 3.3 million calories on their logged commutes.
The purpose of the Commuter Challenge was to get people who regularly drive alone to try active and public transportation, or to coordinate with coworkers and friends for a more sustainable commute to work. Not only did those commuters save money on their commute, but they also made a healthier and environmentally friendly choice when it came to getting to and from work. Everyone who logged a trip was eligible to win weekly prizes as well as grand prizes. More importantly, those commuters who used alternatives to driving alone did their part to help us improve the quality of life for everyone in San Mateo County.