As we shared, we're simplifying things this year for the annual Way 2 GO MAINE Challenge - but still with plenty of prizes, green commutes and fun from October 1-31. We want to make this a time to foster connections within the GO MAINE community, share inspiration, and Celebrate the Great Green Commute with you!
So get ready! We have lots of chances to win. Check them out!
FIRST: WHAT THE WAY 2 GO MAINE COMMUTER CHALLENGE IS All About
The Way 2 GO MAINE Commuter Challenge runs October 1-31 each year
and is a friendly competition between individuals and workplaces across the state to see how many folks can walk, bike, carpool or vanpool, take the bus or train, or work from home.
It’s a fun and cost-free event that:
Note on the annual Way 2 GO MAINE Challenge:
- Builds morale & teamwork
- Improves health & social connection
- Engages & rewards employees for commuting another way
- Shows workplace citizenship & connection with local communities
for a window into our regular Challenge during non-COVID times, check out the stories and photos from 2019
THE FUN: 2020 LEADERBOARD, RACES & PRIZE QUESTIONS
TEAM SPIRIT RACE
Calling all employers! Lead your employee team to greatness as the folks who post-the-most from October 1-31. Show us how great green commuting can be with your photos, videos and stories - plus #Way2GOMAINE - on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Remember: working from home, walking, bicycling, taking the bus or train, carpooling and vanpooling all count as green commutes!
- "Team spirit" is determined through GO MAINE staff's review of social media postings from October 1-31 with #Way2GOMAINE - and other promotional efforts undertaken by each organization - using a points system for number and quality of postings.
- Results for the Most Team Spirit race are tallied up for each organization and updated twice a week - and displayed on the leaderboard on the GO MAINE site (leaderboard goes live October 1).
- The winning workplace will receive a Way 2 GO MAINE Award and Way 2 GO MAINE social media shout out.
$50 SOCIAL MEDIA POST WINNERS EVERY WEEK
Each week in October we’ll reward a different kind of green commute. Post your photos and videos on social media, tagged with #Way2GOMAINE. A $50 gift card winner is chosen every week!
- Week 1: THE FAMILY THAT CARPOOLS TOGETHER… - Oct 4-10 — Carpool with your spouse, your partner, and/or working age kids. Share your Family Carpool pics! Treat us to some Family Carpool Karaoke!
- Week 2: WORKING HARD FROM HOME - Oct 11-17 — We want to see your home office. The view, the power desk, the cats, the dogs, the bunny slippers. Don’t be shy. Give us a peek!
- Week 3: ESSENTIAL WORKERS GO GREEN - Oct 18-24 — We love Maine’s Essential Workers! Taking the bus, carpooling/vanpooling, or walking or biking to the hospital, daycare, police/fire station, supermarket, or distribution center? Share photos of your low-to-no emission commute.
- Week 4: 100% HUMAN-POWERED TRIPS- Oct 23-31 — Traveling to work by foot or by bike? Good for you! Take us along. Let’s see your rig and the autumn scenery and Halloween decorations along the way.
- NOTE: Weekly winners will be selected and notified via social media and email (if known). Winners will have 24 hours to respond and accept their prize, after which time a new winner will be selected. All winners agree to allow GO MAINE to use their photo and likeness (name, home town, and organization) for promotional purposes only. WEEK 1: winner will be selected at 10AM on Oct 11, 2020. WEEK 2: winner will be selected at 10AM on Oct 18, 2020. WEEK 3: winner will be selected at 10AM on Oct 25, 2020. WEEK 4: winner will be selected at 10AM on Oct 31, 2020.
NEW GOMAINE MEMBERS CAN WIN $100, TOO.
Commuting green? Earn points to win perks year-round as a GO MAINE member, which is always free. Plus, if you sign up during Way 2 GO MAINE 2020 (September 1 - October 31, 2020) you have a chance to win $100! Working from home qualifies, too. Check it out!
- New members are determined from the list of people who signed up to join the free statewide GO MAINE program during the period of September 1, 2020 (yes, that's September 1 to help get people signed up ahead of time) through October 31, 2020. Winner will be selected on November 1, 2020.
WAY 2 GO MAINE DOES GOOD When you log your trips
Once our GO MAINE commuters log 1000 green trips during Way 2 GO MAINE 2020, we’ll donate $500 to support Maine hunger relief. So make sure to log those trips in your GO MAINE account! (Plus, that way you earn points for GO MAINE rewards as well.)
GRAND PRIZE! ALL SOCIAL MEDIA PICS HAVE A SHOT AT WINNING $200
Share your green commute photo or video on social media — tag with #Way2GOMAINE — and you’ll be entered to win our grand prize of $200! All photos qualify. Winner will be selected on November 1, 2020.
Remember to tag with #Way2GOMAINE on all your posts! (Note: If you're not on social media, just ask a friend, family member or co-worker to post for you - or email GO MAINE and we can.)
GET YOUR SWAG & CHECK OUT THE CHALLENGE TOOLBOX
WHAT DOES (AND DOES NOT) QUALIFY AS A GREENER COMMUTE FOR THE WAY 2 GO MAINE CHALLENGE
- Walking, bicycling, taking the bus or train, carpooling or vanpooling and telecommuting are the standard greener commute options. Obviously during COVID-19 times, taking public transportation, carpooling and vanpooling are more complicated and require additional safety measures. At the same time, we want to support everyone taking essential transit/carpool/vanpool trips.
- Driving Part Way (yes!): If you have driven part way to work and then walked/biked/bused/trained/carpooled from there, that definitely counts!
- Carpooling with Another Adult/Driver from Your Household (yes!): If someone carpooled with another adult and/or driver (e.g. a teen driver) who is also a member of their household, that also definitely counts. One less car on the road!
- Rollerblading & Skateboarding (yes!): If co-workers use an alternate commuting mode like skateboarding or rollerblading to work - they can log their commute under either walk or bike. Whichever they prefer!
- Telecommuting (yes - but check out this note): if you would normally commute to work and are able to work from home or somewhere nearby, this qualifies as telecommuting for the Challenge. In general for Way 2 GO MAINE, if you always work from home, then you can log your greener trips out to meetings or other work events, like biking across town to a team meeting. However, for 2020: working remotely from your workplace because of COVID-19 also definitely counts.
- Commuting Outside Maine (check these details to see): the Challenge is open to all folks who are commuting to and/or from the State of Maine. So if you live in Dover, NH but work in Westbrook, ME, that works! Likewise if you live in Kittery and work in Dover, your trips definitely count. If you normally work at a location in Maine but are working remotely because of COVID-19, that counts, too. And if you're traveling to Philadelphia for a work trip by bus or train, feel free to log the trips for the day you leave Maine and the day you return. However, if you're going to be in Australia this month (even if you're walking and taking the bus - which is great!) or if you live and work in New York but for an office that's based in Maine and you bike most days (also awesome!) - unfortunately we can't count those trips as part of the Way 2 GO MAINE Challenge.
- Driving an Electric Vehicle or Very Low Emission Vehicle Such as a Scooter or Motorcycle (sorry, no): Electric cars, scooters and motorcycles sometimes come up as a question. Electric passenger vehicles and ultra low emission vehicles do help with improved air quality and less natural resources extraction. And we definitely recommend carpooling (or cycle-pooling) for these vehicle owners (a win-win!). However, driving alone in an electric vehicle or via scooter or motorcycle still adds to things like traffic congestion, wear & tear on road infrastructure, the demand for more road widening/expansion, and the need for parking (meaning: having to provide land for parking that could have other productive uses instead - even though scooters and motorcycles require smaller parking spaces, it's true!) So GO MAINE works overall to support a decrease in drive-alone trips in Maine, through walking, bicycling, carpooling and vanpooling, taking the bus or train, and telecommuting.
- Note about Logging Trips on Holidays: The GO MAINE trip recording system is set up automatically not to record reoccuring trips if they fall on common U.S. holidays, with the assumption that most people will not be working those days. However, many of us do work holidays, so the system has a way to handle that. To remove a holiday or add a day off to your calendar, simply Sign In, go to Trips>Trip Calendar, select the holiday date you would like to make sure you get credit for commuting and choose Remove Holiday. So, for example, if you bike to work every Monday and have set that up as a reoccurring trip in your GO MAINE account - just go to the Trip Calendar and select Indigenous Peoples' Day and choose Remove Holiday. Similarly you can do the opposite for holidays or days off that are not on the calendar but that you have observed. Just Sign In, go to Trips>Trip Calendar, select the date you took off from your regular commute and choose: Mark as Day Off or Observe Holiday.
- Syncing with Strava: For those syncing their Strava data to track their trips: if not all commutes are showing up it may be because the start and end of your trip is fairly close to the same location (by Strava's standards, not ours!) To make sure your commutes count, you can manually start and end your commute trips in your Strava app.
- Syncing with Uber/Lyft: Maine does not currently have UberPool or Lyft Line services to enable carpooling with other Uber or Lyft riders - thus there is no option to sync with these via the GO MAINE trip logging system.
AFTER WAY 2 GO MAINE…
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WAY 2 GO MAINE CHALLENGE - OR WANT TO TALK THROUGH ANY POSSIBILITIES?
We love to be in touch! Please reach out to the Way 2 GO MAINE Team:
- Rebecca Grover, GO MAINE Program Coordinator - via email or phone: (207) 482-8122
- Sarah Cushman, Consultant to GO MAINE for the Way 2 GO MAINE Challenge - via email or phone: (207) 200-1910
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