For IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2019 Contact: Rebecca Grover
PORTLAND Maine- GO MAINE, Maine’s commuter support program, is celebrating National Rideshare Month with the third annual Way 2 GO MAINE, a Business vs. Business Commuter Challenge starting October 1. The goal of the month-long event is to use friendly competition to encourage employers to inspire their employees to use green commuting. Green commute trips include carpools, vanpools, transit, walking, biking and telecommuting.
“Way 2 GO MAINE is a great team-building, healthy, carbon footprint-reducing, money saving event for employers and employees,” said Rebecca Grover, GO MAINE Coordinator. “We want to make it fun and easy and tap into everyone’s competitive spirit.”
Commuters simply register their workplace and then sign themselves up (or sign in, if already a GO MAINE member) at www.GOMAINE.org - and then record the greener trips they take. They can also track their organization’s progress on the state-of-the-art leaderboard. Participants see data like gallons of gas saved, calories burned and the percent of greener trips taken by mode, like bike, bus, walk, carpool. Grand prizes will be awarded to employers for most trips taken, most new GO MAINE members signed up and most team spirit. Individual commuters will also receive ongoing event swag, rewards for commuting another way, and there will be two drawings each week for participants to win prizes. One of these will be specific to the mode of commute a user takes, such as a gift certificate to a local bike shop for a bicycle commuter on Week 1 of Way 2 GO MAINE.
The event has evolved and grown over the last two years. A new participant and winner last year was Maine Medical Center/MaineHealth. Chris Chop, Maine Medical Center’s Commuter Choice Program Manager, said, “We loved Way 2 GO Maine because it used friendly competition as a way to generate interest in alternative commuting. It also was a great way to build camaraderie among our employees.”
“Mainers have some long commutes which are expensive and carpooling can cut those costs and the associated stress in half or more. For those who can, walking and biking and taking the bus or train are also healthy options. Our hope is that, if commuters try it during Way 2 GO MAINE, they will do it more often - freeing up parking spaces, reducing traffic, cleaning the air and saving money,” Grover said.
GO MAINE is a statewide commuter program funded by the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Maine Department of Transportation.
For more information on Way 2 GO MAINE or GO MAINE visit www.GOMAINE.org or contact Rebecca Grover at 207-482-8122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.