The Ready Set Ride Commute Challenge encourages you to drive alone less in October by walking, biking, using transit, riding in a carpool or vanpool, or teleworking. This brand new website is where you will make a pledge and log trips October 22-28 for a chance to win prizes, earn virtual badges, and challenge your friends and co-workers.
Will you #rebootyourcommute? Here’s how to get started:
READY: Learn more about the campaign & follow us for updates on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using @readysetridechallenge (@rsrchallenge on Twitter). Don’t forget to tell your friends and co-workers!
SET: Tune up your bike, hold an impromptu carpool karaoke session, and find a good book for the bus to get ready. Registration opens October 1st. Get your early bird badge and invite your friends using the Invite a Friend tool.
RIDE: Log your trips during the last week of October. Earn virtual badges and a chance to win great prizes. You’ll help your employer rank higher the more you log.
Have questions? Send us a message through the Contact Us page.
May the carpool lane be with you….
What inspires you to choose biking as your preferred transportation style?
Most bizarre experience while commuting by bicycle:
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? Bicycle.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by bicycle:
Most bizarre experience on my bike was about Mile 15 on the ARBT. An SUV pulls onto the trail, so I speed up to try to read his license plate so I can report him. Before I got close enough, the car stopped, and a Sheriff’s Deputy got out, walked to the side of the trail, picked up a stout branch, and began to nudge the 6-ft rattlesnake that was sunning himself in the middle of the trail (in April) off to the side of the trail and well into the brush. I thanked the officer as I rolled past, and learned that when the birds stop singing or chirping and there are no quail or other animals for a mile or so, they know something that you should pay attention to.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? My phone (but I have done exactly that, twice now in the last few months).
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by bike? I promoted May is Bike Month for several years, and developed competitions for by-rider miles and total company miles with other firms. Letting people know what the mile totals are, showing them the measurements of miles ridden, trips taken, badges earned, and sharing that boosted ridership.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? One thing we agree we cannot leave home without is our cell phones for tracking and emergencies. Of course we wear helmets and practice safe riding.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by bike: We inspire others all year long to join us through sharing events on a calendar, planning lunchtime rides, coordinating weekend rides and helping commuters plan their trips. May is Bike Month provides us a forum to communicate the fun and benefits of bike riding. We enjoy riding throughout the year and last year sponsored a CalSTRS only Autumn Bike Challenge that also tracked other alternative methods of commuting. We are excited that Ready Set Ride Challenge will expose more people to the great biking opportunities in October while encouraging everyone to get out of their cars. We offer to commute in with first timers to help them with their route. We demonstrate how beneficial it is to ride, including providing a spreadsheet of potential savings if parking costs were committed to Savings Plus. We lead by example and encourage by recognizing those who ride. We present trophies and celebrate cycling success!
Most bizarre experience while commuting on transit: the first time I was asked for my commute card by a conductor on the light rail.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? Cell phone.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by transit: using light rail rather than my car.
Name: Yolanda Tutt
Occupation: Contract Administrator
Employer: State of California, Department of General Services
Mode type? Vanpool
How long have you been commuting by vanpool? I’ve been commuting via vanpool since July 2017.
What inspires you to choose vanpool as your preferred transportation style? I can name a minimum of 10 reasons! I like the convenience of vanpooling; I love that it offers another transportation alternative to help save the environment while reducing 7 cars on our crowded freeways; I save money; I earn money; I have more time once I arrive to work; I have a better work schedule which guarantees I will leave work timely; I have a guaranteed transportation to work and home; I prolong the life of my personal vehicle, and I use less gas, and I’ve met an awesome group of new friends.
Most bizarre experience while vanpooling: I’m more aware of the vehicles around me and I noticed just how awful a lot of us drive. I no longer believe in the right of way and I’m happy to give it up for the safety of our van.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc.)? A smile/good attitude. Sure I have some unpleasant days (mainly when my hair doesn’t cooperate or I’m running a little behind with getting out of the house) but I refuse to let those things take me away from having a positive outlook on the bigger picture.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by vanpool: there are several people that inquire about it. I never thought there would be so much interest in vanpooling. While I realize vanpooling doesn’t work for everyone, but there are so many people (like myself) that normally wouldn’t think they could do it, only to find out it really isn’t a bad idea. I let them know how much I enjoy it. I have to admit, I got really lucky as I have a great group of professionals that ride with me, they all appreciate me and I appreciate them - it really makes for an enjoyable commute.
Most bizarre experience while commuting by transit: the other day I was waiting for a train at the 8th and O Street light rail station and a middle-aged man was sitting back, very relaxed, on a bench on the opposite side of the station and singing like Lionel Richie; he was totally absorbed in his song and oblivious to all of the other commuters. I guess we were all very lucky that he had a great voice.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? The New York Times crossword app on my phone; I’m obsessed!
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by transit: I cannot stop talking about the financial freedom this decision has given me. A few of my coworkers have started commuting by transit on part-time basis to save on gas expenditures. I hope to have an opportunity to share my story and inspire even more people. I really wish I had made this decision years ago. I’m also looking forward to adding bike share services to my list of transit modes.
Name: Wai M. Chong
Occupation: Data Systems Analyst IV – Informatica
Employer: UC Davis Health
Mode type? Multimodal: Light Rail (LR), walk, bike, and carpool. How long have you been commuting by LR? 10 years. LR/Bike/thumb a ride home from fellow co-workers. Anyway to avoid driving since my family is a single vehicle family.
What inspires you to choose LR as your preferred transportation style?
I choose LR as my preferred transportation style because of the ease of access from outbound LR to work location and the cost of not maintaining a second car. I walk to LR station from my house or uses the Folsom City Shuttles when possible. I bike on the return trip home for health, beautiful and ARBT nature sceneries, and reduction of carbon emissions.
Most bizarre experience while commuting using LR: I don’t have any to recall.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? My packed lunch.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by multimode:
I usually try to help them breakdown the commuting process into simple “To do” steps. Sometimes all it takes is someone to explain the process into simple steps and taking each steps as a victory from driving alone or driving a vehicle at all.
Name: Steven Pas
Occupation: Sacramento County Probation Officer
Employer: Sacramento County
Mode type? Bicycle. How long have you been commuting by bike? Two years.
What inspires you to choose cycling as your preferred transportation style? As a bicycle Advocate in Rancho Cordova, I realized that I needed to practice what I preach. Bicycling is a great way to get around town allowing you to get in some exercise while commuting. However, life kept getting in my way. I am involved in a couple of other organizations and have lots of meetings and events to attend (these became my excuses). One day about 6 months ago I sat down to re-evaluate my goals and realized that I could accomplish some of my larger goals, health through exercise and stress release, if I just bicycled to work. As I get closer to retirement health is climbing my priority list very fast.
Most bizarre experience while commuting by bike: human behavior. Vehicle drivers always surprise me. When I encounter a bad driver on the road, there are always good drivers right behind them respecting a bicyclist on the road.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? Sunglasses and gum. These two simple things make my ride more enjoyable.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by bike: inspiring others to ride to work can be hard. They have their own excuses and fears. To help them out, I listen to their concerns. The most common fear is riding next to automobiles and being hit by a car or truck. My goal has been to show them alternative routes with low traffic volumes and less stress. I always offer to meet them at their house and ride with them to find a safer route and address their concerns.
Name: Alex Simon
Employer: NV5 Inc.
Mode type(s)? Walking, biking, and transit. How long have you been commuting by walk, bike, and transit? Approximately nine years.
What inspires you to choose walk, bike, and transit as your preferred transportation style(s)? My wife and I are committed to minimizing our carbon footprint. As an added bonus we save a lot on gas, insurance and car repairs! We have only had one car for years and have learned to live without relying on cars.
Most bizarre experience while walk commuting: being chased by wild turkeys!
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? My headphones!
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by walk, bike, and transit: I share my stories whenever I can and encourage others to use alternative methods of transportation.
Name: Shivakumaran Venkataraman
Occupation: Sr. Specialist Advisory
Mode type? Transit: Amtrak. How long have you been commuting by transit? Four years, four months.
What inspires you to choose Amtrak as your preferred transportation style? Go green, minimize carbon footprint and Amtrak facilities.
Most bizarre experience while commuting on Amtrak: Amtrak was delayed due to a fire incident from Sacramento to Martinez. The train later on slowly chugged along in the smoke left by the fire and authorities had to shut off the vent for safety of passengers.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? Coffee and phone.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute on Amtrak: few folks that decided to commute using cars are now using Amtrak and are now realizing the cost savings and also making their small contributions to keep the environment clean.
Name: Kevin Kasberg
Occupation: Resource Economist
Mode type? Bicycle. How long have you been commuting by bike? 12 years.
What inspires you to choose biking as your preferred transportation style? Physical and mental benefits.
Most bizarre experience while commuting by bike: bicycling on I-5 during winter floods.
One thing you can’t leave the house without (headphones, certain coffee mug, etc)? Speaker.
Describe how you have inspired others to commute by bike: May is Bike Month and office events.