2016 Commuter Challenge kicks off on April 1st

by Contributed Content on April 1, 2016

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The 2016 Commuter Challenge, this year’s campaign to reward commuters who choose transportation modes other than driving alone kicks off today. Between now and May 31, people who join the challenge and commute to, from, or through San Mateo County using an alternative mode will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand prizes.

According to Commute.org, traffic on San Mateo County roads and highways is at an all-time high. Not only does traffic waste time and money for commuters, but it also contributes to poor air quality. According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), nearly 70 percent of the Bay Area’s carbon monoxide comes from motor vehicles, which are also the greatest contributors to ozone in the Bay Area.

The 2016 Commuter Challenge encourages people to use public transit, shuttle, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk or telework, and be part of the traffic solution.  By signing up at my commute.org, and adding their commute alternative trips, registrants will be entered to win one of the featured weekly prizes (Fitbit Alta, Timbuk2 bag, wireless earbuds, gift cards and more). Participants also earn a chance to win one of the five grand prizes ($300 Clipper card, GoPro Hero, Garmin Edge Cycling computer, $400 REI gift card or Fitbit Surge GPS watch) at the end of the challenge.

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