Commuter Challenge By the Numbers

Michael McCurdy

The 2013 Good To Go Commuter Challenge has wrapped up with some great results, thanks to you. The Challenge is a friendly competition between individuals, teams and workplaces. During the week-long challenge, participants track and report their sustainable commutes online; anything counts except driving alone.

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By Tyler Curtis

We already know that the 2013 Good To Go Commuter Challenge was a huge success and that Good To Go is positively influencing Blo-No commuters to commute sustainably year-round. However, we decided to dig a little bit deeper inside the 2013 Good To Go Commuter Challenge results to find more trends behind the numbers.

We found that the most popular mode of transportation in terms of number of commutes was biking (again), with over 600 commutes logged. Carpooling was second with nearly 500 commutes and nearly 400 walking commutes were logged. Over half of commuter miles came from carpooling and over 40% were from telecommuting.

Many participants got a little creative and decided to try multi-modal commuting. 128 miles were logged for commutes using both biking and riding Connect Transit. Many participants also combined walking and biking, walking and busing, and even carpooling and biking. 2013 participants showed that you don’t need to rely on just one mode to get to your destination!

The number of participating organizations matched that of last year, and 12 new teams got on-board in 2013, including several churches and departments at ISU, and a major area employer, AFNI, returned in 2013 to place third in the 501+ employee category.

And, perhaps the most exciting result we found was that of the 709 total participants, 454 participants noted that their typical work commute before the challenge was driving in a single occupancy vehicle. That means that Good To Go was able to attract not only people who were already choosing to commute sustainably, but also commuters willing to give more sustainable commuting a shot for a week.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Challenge, and we hope you’ll compete next year so we can eclipse our 2013 totals!

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Tyler Curtis is the 2013 Good To Go Graduate Assistant through the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University. Mike McCurdy is WGLT Program Director and coordinates the community sustainable transportation project Good To Go. The next Good To Go Commuter Challenge rolls round the 3rd week of May, 2014.

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