Want to find out how Bike to Work Day can boost morale among your employees? Come to our open house Friday, April 7--we'll be holding sessions from 7-10 a.m. and then from 3 to 6 p.m. Come to whichever suits your schedule better, just be sure to RSVP so we know how many people to plan for. Our outreach staff can help you get your company team or station registered on the Bike to Work Day website, and provide you with tips and tools make sure you have a successful day. Questions?
News and Announcements
The Colorado Department of Transportation has increased the number of passengers required to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Express Lanes. Known as HOV 3+, the change began Jan. 1 and requires a driver and at least two passengers to qualify for free carpooling in the U.S. 36 and I-25 Express Lanes. Are you a carpooler looking to add a third passenger? Are you interested in forming or joining a vanpool? We make it simple on MyWaytoGo.org. Log in and search along your route to find a fellow commuter.
Our agency, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, just published its annual report on traffic congestion in the Denver region. This is, in a nutshell, why we do what we do: when we see that congestion is getting worse, we take action! Read the most recent report here.
The second annual WaytoGoTober campaign has launched with an expanded reach over last year's 25 companies. More than 40 metro-area employers are competing in this year's challenge, in which employees are encouraged to try something other than driving alone at least one day per week. Employees who carpool, vanpool, take transit, bike or walk at least one day each week in October and log their trips at mywaytogo.org are entered to win great prizes and also have the satisfaction of knowing their efforts are helping reduce congestion and air pollution in the metro area.
Way to Go was lucky enough to partner with Strava this Bike to Work Day in order to create some visual representations of rider data to show the event's impact. Almost 10 percent of riders (about 3,000) used the Strava app the morning of Bike to Work Day, and GIS staff at the Denver Regional Council of Governments were able use that data to make this heat map and this interactive chord visualization showing rider routes.
Join Way to Go and the City and County of Denver at Union Station Friday, April 22 to celebrate Earth Day! Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. come to the station for an event focusing on My Home, My Work, and My Community. Read more.
During October, 25 organizations throughout metro Denver competed to get as many employees as possible to try public transit, biking, walking, vanpooling or carpooling. Employees were challenged to log at least four non-SOV (single-occupant vehicle) commute trips on the MyWayToGo.org trip-tracking website. Organizations competed in one of three categories, based on number of employees. The winner in the Going Strong category was Key Equipment Finance, with 77 of its 220 employees logging four or more non-SOV commutes.
Twenty-five area companies are ready to take on the first annual Go-Tober Go-Team Challenge! The challenge is dedicated to getting people to try new ways to commute smarter throughout the month of October. Employees are encouraged to track their commutes online, and the Way to Go team will keep track of which companies earn the most points by encouraging their employees to commute smarter – walk, bike, bus, train, carpool, vanpool by walking, biking, taking the bus or train, vanpooling or carpooling at least four times in October.
On July 24 the Way to Go team hosted the first ever Punch! (puzzle + lunch) event at Denver Water, and it was a tremendous success. Over 70 employees attended this unique “lunch and learn” designed to make it easy to connect with their Denver Water co-workers with the goal of forming carpools and vanpools for their daily commute. Attendees were divided into teams based on their home addresses and then worked together to assemble puzzles and look for clues for their group’s game cards. Teams with the highest scores had a chance to win prizes. The result?