The annual Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among employers to determine which organizations are the green commuting champions. With roots in the Boston and Cambridge, MA area, the Challenge welcomes workplaces from anywhere to take part. Workplaces from private architectural design firms and international consulting companies to cities to multinational banks and non-profits, all enjoy the comraderie and sense of pride and inspiration gained by their participation. REGISTER HERE NOW to join the fun.
The Challenge takes place once a month, from April through October. It invites organizations to encourage their staff to check-in their commutes online on the last Friday of every month, aka Walk/Ride Days. Walking, bicycling or using mass transit – even carpooling – all count as “green”, and we welcome car commuters to check in and be eligible for rewards as well. Fundamentally, Walk/Ride Day is a recurring opportunity to think about – and often to explore – more environmentally friendly and healthy commuting options.
Once a company has registered, participation by individual staff is free and simply involves “checking in” online on Walk/Ride Day. If it’s a new commuting habit for them, great. If it’s typical, that’s fantastic, too. This Challenge is designed to celebrate both! There are monthly and overall winners, who are listed on an online leader board and in local media. At the end of the Challenge, the companies’ in each size category with the greatest staff participation will be rewarded with Ice Cream and Fruit Parties (ice cream donated by local purveyors including Toscanini’s, JP Licks, and others, and fruit salads donated by Whole Foods). All participating workplaces are celebrated at an annual formal awards event.