Comox Valley residents are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take transit, walk, cycle, carpool or telecommute to work or school during National Environment Week (June 3-9, 2018). The challenge is FREE to register and participate, and there are lots of local and provincially sponsored prizes to win.
Register your workplace at https://commuterchallenge.ca. Then register as an individual for your workplace (choose your workplace from the dropdown menu).
Leading up the event, you can do the following things to boost your chances of winning prizes:
Get ready to commute. Get your bike tuned up, purchase your transit pass, map your walk or test your carpool. A little preparation can go a long way to setting up a successful week.
Enter your results. Login daily or after the challenge. The deadline to enter results is noon June 18.
3. Win Prizes
There are many ways to win prizes. To maximize your chances of winning, just register, refer other businesses, participate and log your results.
Referral Prize: ($50 value) - Invite other businesses to participate and send an email with “Referral” in the subject, listing the businesses you referred
Commuter Prizes: ($200 and $100 value each) - Random draw for those that participate at least one day during the Commuter Challenge
Team Prizes: Prize packs from local sponsors for teams with the highest participation rates
There are thousands of dollars in local prizes to be won. Plus, Comox Valley participants are eligible to win provincial prizes such as a $1000 Via Rail travel voucher, whale watching tours, cycling tours, beer tours, zipline adventures and much more! Visit the BC Commuter Challenge website to learn more.
Thank you to these local businesses for supporting the Commuter Challenge through prize donations and marketing support:
Comox Valley Regional District
Team Leader Resources
If you registered your workplace, you are considered the team leader. Here are some tips to set your team up for success:
Commuter Tracking Sheet - Download, print and display in your workplace. Enter all the data at once through the ‘Bulk Entry’ option (Tip: This will give you higher participation rates for prizes!)
Send your colleagues the link to try the Comox Valley transit trip planning tool
Help set up a carpool for colleagues who are unable to walk, cycle or take transit
Get some workplace competition going with your own prizes or events
You have until 12:00 pm on June 18, 2018 to enter your results. If you are unable to login or enter your results on time, contact the Commuter Challenge Coordinator.
The Comox Valley had the second highest number of workplaces registered in BC with 95 businesses and 194 registered participants that travelled over 4,500 km by bus, bike, transit or carpool, saving nearly a tonne of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.
View a commuter testimonial from Ruth Billington of Comox Medical Clinic, who won the commuter prize in 2017.
Large Organization Winner (over 30 employees): London Drugs
Medium Organization Winner (11-29 employees): BC Assessment
Small Organization Winner (3-10 employees): Green Valley Aromatherapy
Mini Organization Winner (1-2 employees): Pod Creative
Commuter Prize Winner – Comox Medical Clinic
Social Media Prize Winner – Pieter Vorster
Lindsay Eason, Comox Valley Commuter Challenge Coordinator