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The Central Ohio Commuter Challenge is Coming Back

May 17, 2017

After being met with great success last year, the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge will return in June.

The challenge encourages Central Ohio commuters to use sustainable modes of transportation, such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, walking and car2go. The goal is to mitigate traffic congestion and improve air quality.

When MORPC teamed up with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), CoGo bikeshare, and car2go to offer the first Central Ohio Commuter Challenge last year, commuters took full advantage of the opportunity – saving $25,253 in costs and reducing single-occupant vehicle miles traveled () by 93,531 miles. That amounts to 72,580 pounds of greenhouse gases being diverted.

It’s no accident that the Commuter Challenge takes place in June. During warmer months, the Central Ohio region is more likely to experience higher levels of ozone pollution. MORPC issues daily year-round air quality forecasts and issues Air Quality Alerts the day before air pollution is forecasted to be harmful. By issuing these alerts, MORPC aims to help the public protect their health and take action to reduce their individual contributions to air pollution.

Emissions from vehicles are the greatest contributor to harmful ozone pollution in Central Ohio, and by using more sustainable modes of transportation, we can all breathe easier. And during the month of June, cleaning up your commute can net you some great prizes too.

You can register today for the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge at MakeYourMilesMatter.com. Registered participants simply log their commutes online and are then eligible to win prizes every week day, as well as be entered to win grand prizes at the end of the campaign: You could win a Columbus Zoo & Aquarium package, a $500 Visa cash card, or maybe one of the daily $25 gift card prizes.. Those who logged commutes last year will be happy to hear the process has been streamlined and improved.

The Commuter Challenge will provide a new way to win in 2017, with a team based competition. Those who participate will be able to form teams of up to ten people. Teams will earn points based on their activity, and the team with the most accumulated points will win a valuable prize.

For more information  please view the video below or visit our website here.

Central Ohio Commuter Challenge from MORPC on Vimeo.

To receive Air Quality Alert emails the day before air quality is forecasted to be harmful, sign up at airquality.morpc.org or call MORPC’s toll-free air quality hotline at 1-888-666-1009.