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FAQs


What is the Green Commute Challenge?

The Green Commute Challenge is intended to take vehicles off the road during peak commute times by encouraging the use of alternatives to driving alone — carpooling, bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting. It is a 12-week employer-based contest where employees can earn points and win prizes for using alternative forms of transportation for work trips.

How do I sign up for the Green Commute Challenge?

Register an individual

  1. Create your account, or log in to your existing account at RideShareKC.org.
  2. If new to the RideShare KC website, make sure to confirm your account. (You’ll receive an email message with instructions.) 
  3. Search for your organization's team and click the ‘JOIN’ button to the left of the team name.
  4. You are now registered and will begin earning points by logging your trips throughout the 12-week Challenge.

Register a team

Note: If you create a team, you will be considered the team leader for your organization.
  1. Create your account, or log in to your existing account at RideShareKC.org.
  2. If new to the RideShare KC website, make sure to confirm your account. (You’ll receive an email message with instructions.) 
  3. Click the ‘Register New Organization’ button, then follow the instructions. Your team is now created, and your employees can now join the team.

How do teams work?

Participants will be on a team with others from your employer. There are three categories:

  • Small employers — less than 250
  • Medium employers — between 250 and 500
  • Large employers — more than 500

These teams will compete against each other to see whose employees can make the most “green commutes” during the challenge.

Can I sign up for the challenge if my employer isn't registered with RideShare Connection?

Yes, you can. Ideally your employer will form a team for the Green Commute Challenge. If your company is interested in registering with RideShare Connection, the person who enrolls the organization must be willing to be the employer administrator for the team (i.e., the person who has access to the tracking reports, etc.). Consider asking someone in your human resources office to register the organization.

If your employer is not participating, you can participate by joining the Green Commute Challenge Community Team. Call RideShare at 816-842-7433 or e-mail us to learn more.

How do I earn points?

You must use your RideShare Connection Commute Calendar to log work-related trips. Trips using these modes will earn 8 points: carpool, vanpool, bus, bicycle, walk, telecommute. Please note that non-work commute trips will not earn points.

Any alternative transportation trips made on Ozone Alert Days earn double points!

How do I use the Commute Calendar?

Participants are expected to be accurate and honest in reporting their alternative transportation trips.

EXAMPLE DAY: Clyde takes the bus 10 miles to work. He stays in for lunch and then takes the bus one mile to an off-site meeting that afternoon.

Here is what Clyde will report for that day on his Commute Calendar:
Work commute - bus
8 points, 20 miles round-trip
Work event - bus
8 points, 1 mile
TOTAL
16 points

How do I log multimodal trips?

Participants who use more than one mode for their work commute — such as bicycle/bus or walking/bus — may report that in the challenge, provided the bicycling or walking trip is at least one mile round-trip. To do that, report each mode as a separate work commute trip and log the round-trip distance of each leg.

EXAMPLE DAY: Gary rides his bike a mile and a half to his bus stop, then takes the bus 15 miles to work. He walks with some co-workers to a restaurant a little over a half mile from his office for lunch. Here is what Gary will report for that day on his Commute Calendar:
Work commute - bus 8 points, 20 miles round-trip
Work commute - bike
8 points, 3 miles round-trip
Lunch - walk 8 points, 1 mile round-trip
TOTAL
24 points

How do I report staying in for lunch?

During the challenge, you can no longer receive point for staying in for lunch. However, you can earn points for carpooling to lunch.

I don’t want to carpool. How can I make sure I don’t show up on someone’s match list?

On My Page look on the right side where it says “Commute Profiles.” Click the edit icon (looks like a small pad and pencil) and then click the Preferences tab. On the next screen click where it asks “Is public?” and save your updated commute profile. Your name will not appear on anyone’s ridematch list.

Will I get more points if I go back to previous months and log trips?

No. The Green Commute Challenge runs from June 1–Aug. 31, 2016. Any trips reported before or after that time frame will not count in the challenge. 

Can a hybrid vehicle, scooter or motorcycle trips be counted in the challenge?

No, they cannot. We know there is interest in reporting trips taken using these types of vehicles, but the underlying purpose of the Green Commute Challenge is to take vehicles off the road. For this reason, the challenge is designed to highlight modes of transportation instead of the type of vehicle driven. Additionally, while hybrids, motorcycles and scooters offer excellent gas mileage, their emissions levels can vary greatly.

What are the prizes?

Prizes will be awarded for participation in the Challenge by random selection on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. All you have to do is complete one green commute during the day, week or month of that prize period and log your trips to be entered to win.

Check out the prize list

How will I know if I won a prize?

The RideShare staff will notify prize winners by email. We also encourage you to "like" RideShare on Facebook or Twitter to get quick updates on daily prize winners and other information about the challenge.