Shifting Gears Challenge

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, but look out for smaller transportation Challenges throughout the year!

The Shifting Gears Challenge is a month-long transportation challenge that provides prizes and awards to people who walk, cycle, take transit, carpool, and telecommute. The goal of the challenge, is to motivate a shift in daily commutes and errands away from solo car trips, towards more active and sustainable forms of transportation. It’s good for your health, your wallet, your community, and your environment.

What is Included?

  • Trip Tracking: participants are encouraged to track their sustainable trips online. You can follow overall community statistics via our email newsletter and also sign up for workplace leaderboards. Shifting Gears loves some friendly competition!
  • Prizes: tracking trips leads to prizes! Each week participants who tracked their trips are eligible for multiple prize draws. The more weeks you track, the more chances to win.
  • Resources & workshops: Shifting Gears runs exclusive workshops to support the transportation shift, as well as, online resources for individuals and employers.

The Fleming Trent Transportation Challenge takes place from Monday September 26th to Sunday October 9th, 2022. Register today to get started!  

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What counts as a ‘trip’?

A trip is a movement from ‘a’ to ‘b’ that isn’t strictly for exercise. This can mean ones for work, errands, appointments, school, sports practise, shopping, etc.

Remember to record round trips as = 2 trips. If you are trip chaining (i.e., making multiple stops), you can count each trip separately. For example: Work to the grocery store to the day care to home, can count as three trips!

  1. What about working-from-home?

Working from home counts as 2 trips! Record the number of kilometers you would be driving, if you were going into the office.

  1. What does it mean to sign up as a community member, student, employer/employee?

We like to understand the communities of people Shifting Gears participants are coming from, so we ask this question to find out! Students, community members and workplaces, all might need different types of resources and supports to help make shifts to active and sustainable transportation modes.

  1. How do I know if I’m an employer/employee or a Community Member?

This is a great question, and it all depends on what you would like out of the transportation challenge. Below is a breakdown of the benefits of each option:

Community Member

This is for people who would like to participate in the Challenge as an individual. You might be a retiree, a stay-at-home parent, or an employee for a company that doesn’t have a Shifting Gears workplace team. You will still have access to community stats, prizes and workshops, so you won’t miss out on the fun!

Employer/Employee

This is for people who would like their workplace to compete in the May transportation challenge as a Shifting Gears Challenge Team! Your workplace will be added to a registration list, where colleagues can sign up as part of your workplace team. Employees who track trips will be automatically tabulated as part of your workplace team, where you can win kudos for outstanding engagement and stellar stats!

You can also nominate a workplace champion, who can organize on behalf of the team, to add some extra support to your team.

  1. What is a workplace champion?

This is someone who wants to help organize and promote the Shifting Gears Challenge within your workplace. They can be anyone (i.e., they don’t have to be an owner or manager) who might want to remind folks to track trips, offer support and motivation and liaise with the Shifting Gears Coordinator to unlock other perks! Want to learn more? Check out our page: Shifting Gears for Employers to view some additional details!

  1. Why do you ask to track trips and kilometers?

Great question! Tracking your kilometers is totally optional, and many folks just submit their tracked number of trips. We ask for people who can, to submit the number of trips and kilometers, as it gives us another way to recognize people for their commitment to active and sustainable travel. More kilometers travelled= more greenhouse gas emissions reduced in our atmosphere!

The Fleming Trent Transportation Challenge takes place from Monday September 26th to Sunday October 9th, 2022. Register today to get started!

 

 

 

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