Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears is a program designed to support Peterborough citizens adopt active and efficient transportation habits. Whether it’s walking, cycling, taking transit, carpooling, or remote working, Shifting Gears can help you to make transportation shifts for health and wellbeing, for our community, and for the environment.

Shifting Gears is open to everyone who wants to make less vehicle trips. Our projects and resources motivate and support active and sustainable transportation choices by providing workshops, community , mentorship, resources, and equipment to individuals and employers.

Why Shifting Gears?

We know that daily trips don’t happen in isolation. They may be tied to a trip to pick up the kids, visit the gym, or to run errands. Shifting Gears initiatives and resources are developed with this in mind. We provide flexible and supported options that ensure the shift to active and sustainable transportation is adapted to your personal situation. Addressing transportation choices more broadly with a holistic view ensures the shift you make works for you, your employer, and your other life commitments.

By easing our dependance on personal vehicles and including more active and sustainable travel in our everyday activities, we can improve our health and wellness, get to know our neighbours and neighbourhoods, reduce our expenses and enjoy greenspaces, all while reducing our environmental impact. Often, just a few travel tweaks, we promise, will bring more balance, joy, activity, and connection into your life!

For Individuals

For individuals, the Shifting Gears program offers:

+ Shifting Gears Challenges: Some friendly competition during our transportation challenges allows you to rack up trip points to reach personal goals and win prizes! The community-wide challenge happens each May, and a special Trent/Fleming edition in the fall. To register for the fall Fleming & Trent Transportation Challenge, click here!

+ Rack and Roll: Add comfort and convenience to your bike commute with complimentary bike gear and installation!

+ Commute by Bike Resources: Learn how to identify your route and maintain your ride!

+ Commute by Transit Resources: Get acquainted with Peterborough Transit’s new bus routes and schedule!

+ Remote Work Resources: Set your home office and workday up for success with our work-from-home resources!

For Employers

For employers, the Shifting Gears program offers:

+ Shifting Gears Challenges: Work as a team to rack up your active and sustainable transportation trips; compete with other local workplaces and show off your workplace spirit! The community-wide challenge happens each May.

+ Remote and Hybrid Work Toolkits: Tips, steps, and policy templates to support employees to work from home!

+ Bike-Friendly Audit: An assessment to gauge and improve the bike-friendliness of your business!

+ Active and Sustainable Policy Samples: Help with creating policy to support walking, cycling, carpooling, and telecommuting at your workplace!

+ Workshops for your employees: Stay tuned! In development!

Sign up for Shifting Gears News today to get all the latest info, become part of the Shifting Gears community, and become eligible for these exciting offers!

Program History

Shifting Gears began in 2004 as a spring commuter challenge. This challenge, with funding from Transport Canada’s ecoMOBILITY program, grew substantially between 2008 and 2011, increasing participant numbers four-fold. The program is among the most successful transportation demand management programs ever implemented in the city of Peterborough, and has helped to incentivize a transition to sustainable modes of transportation for thousands of local commuters. After a decade of focusing on workplaces and commuters, in 2015 Shifting Gears expanded the challenge to the whole community and broadened its program offerings to include Rack n Roll, Bike- Friendly Audits, and workshops and resources throughout the year.

Program Contact Information

Name: Ashley Burnie
Position: Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238
Email: ashley.burnie@greenup.on.ca

Partners

Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health

City of Peterborough

City of Peterborough

B!KE

B!KE

Wild Rock Outfitters

Wild Rock Outfitters

County of Peterborough

County of Peterborough

Peterborough Transit

Peterborough Transit

Active School Travel Peterborough

Active School Travel Peterborough

Fontaine Source for Sports

Fontaine Source for Sports

Green Street

Green Street

Spokes N’ Pedals

Spokes N’ Pedals

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