How does it work?

How it works

  • If you are interested in participating in the Commuter Challenge, FIRST look to see if your workplace is already registered online. If it isn't, you can register yourself and your workplace team at the same time. You will become the Team Captain, by default (this can be changed later).
  • If you have offices in more then one community in Montana, please specify the town in the name (ie DPHHS Helena, DPHHS Bozeman, DNRC Helena, CTA Missoula, etc.)
  • When you register your team as a captain, be sure to put in your organization. Organization is your statewide business or agency (ie MT DNRC, MT DPHHS). If you only have one office, just put your team name. 
  • If you are trying to join your workplace team, and it is not autopopulating, please contact us.
  • Be sure to complete the whole registration form in order to be signed up. You do not need to pay for the challenge. If you want to participate for free, choose "Ride My Way" and type in $0.
  • If the team (workplace) is already created, just join your team.
  • Encourage coworkers to register and join your workplace team.
  • Challenge other friends and businesses to form a team. The more teams, the better the challenge!
  • Everyone logs their bike/walk/transit trips during the month of May.
  • Team and individual standings can be viewed throughout the month. Local challenges can be seen here, filter by city or zip code to find your location. State Challenges are viewed here
  • At the end of May, Bike Walk Montana will rank all workplaces in size categories by the percentage of commutes achieved by bike/walk/transit.
  • Local organizations and groups can view their local challenges on the site.
  • We are using a new platform this year, so you will not be able to use any account information from a previous challenge. You will need to register for the challenge and create a new username and password.

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What is a Team Captain?

The first person to sign up for a business or organization automatically becomes a Team Captain. Team Captains sign up teams and get the challenge started. All the captain has to do is register. Team captains must register their team in an organization. 

They can also include teammate emails and we will send out emails with information to get the team rolling. Captains can add and delete team members, change passwords, email the entire team, and more.  

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How we do the math

We will measure the number of trips and your percent commute rate.

This is how we calculate percentage trips by bike/walk/transit for each workplace:

During the month, participants tell us how many days they worked and how many of those days they biked, walked or rode tranist. We assume that all the non-participating employees at the workplace work the same average number of days in May.

We multiply the total number of employees at that workplace by the assumed average number of workdays per employee in the month to get the total number of commutes at that workplace in May. We then divide the number of bike commutes logged through the commute challenge by that workplace by the total commutes at that workplace to get the percent of commutes taken by active transportation.

Total employees at the workplace = E
Average number of days participants at that workplace worked = D
Total active commutes logged by participants at that workplace: B
Percent of commutes taken by bike,walk, or transit = P%

P% = 100 x B/(D x E)

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What counts as a "commute"?

 A "commute" can be:  

  • Biking/walking/riding public transit both ways to work
  • Riding one way to work by biking/walking/riding transit
  • Bicycling or walking part way to work by pairing those modes with transit, driving or any other mode
Work errands, like going to a meeting, the bank or the post office, count as a commute. Biking/walking/or riding transit home or out to eat for lunch, also count as a commute. A walk or bike ride for physical activity during a break does not count as a commute. 

If you are not biking or walking all of the way to work, count only the one-way mileage of the bike/walk/transit part of you commute when you enter your one-way commute distance. 

When you register you will choose a default mode of transportation. This will be your chosen mode throughout the challenge. If your default is to bike, and you walk one day, just record it as a bike commuter as it will still be counted. All modes are calculated the same way, walk and biking one miles are eqaul. There is no was to change your commute for one day. 

Do I have to pay to participate?

You can participate in the challenge for free. When you choose your participation level, simply select "Ride my way" and enter $0. Any donations made to Bike Walk Montana for this challenge go directly to helping make this a successful challenge. 

What Counts as a Work Day?

Any day that you work and make some kind of work commute should be counted as a workday on your calendar, even if you're commuting somewhere other than your usual work location. Sick days, vacation days, or days that you telecommute can be counted as non-work days on your calendar as there was no commute.

What is a team vs an organization?

Teams:

Each one of you is signed up under a Team. This is how we will track the local challenges. If a workplace has more than one location in MT, the team captain will specify the town when registering. For example, MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services office in Helena will be MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services Helena Team. Anyone in the Helena office(s) will be part of the MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services Helena Team. Anyone who is working in the MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services  office(s) in Bozeman, for example, will be the MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services Bozeman Team.  (note: all DPHHS office in Helena should be one team, even if you are in different office locations in town)

Local Challenges can be viewed under local teams.  Simply search by your town, to get your local challenge stats.

Organizations:

Organizations will be used to track the statewide challenge. When a captain registers there team (DPHHS Helena, DPHHS Bozeman) they will create an organization. Your organization is your statewide business or agency, for example, Montana Department of Health and Human Services. (If you only have one office location, just use your business name for your organization). All local DPHHS offices will be in the Montana Department of Health and Human Services Organization. Only the team captain will have to create, or register, it’s team in an organization. If DPHHS Helena is the first DPHHS office to register, they create the MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services organization. When DPHHS Bozeman registers, the MT Depart. Of Health and Human Services organization will populate when the captain registers the team and they can simply join that organization 

State challenges can be view under State Challenge.

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Challenge categories

Workplaces are divided into the following size and type categories based on information given us by Captains. Public agency teams are the entire agency and should not be split up by department/divisions. (ie DNRC is the entire DNRC agency and not split up between the water resource division, forestry division, etc). For information on workplaces in various locations visit our FAQ section.

Businesses and Non-Profits, 1 employee
Businesses and Non-Profits, 2-4 employees
Businesses and Non-Profits, 5-24 employees
Businesses and Non-Profits, 25-99 employees
Businesses and Non-Profits, 100-499 employees
Businesses and Non-Profits, 500+ employees

 

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About this website and our photos

This website was purchased through Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Web development and design by Kinsa Design.

Thank you to Greg Siple for the use of many of his great photos.

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