Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rogue Commute Challenge: will Ashland schools win again?

Photo-montage clipart of people traveling. Left to right, two women standing in front of a car, a helmeted woman pedaling a bicycle, a woman walking while carrying a shoulder bag and a man with shoulder bag standing at the entrance to a bus
Image credit: Rogue Commute Challenge

In Ashland School District (ASD), the Health Promotions Committee is getting ready for the Rogue Commute Challenge, a competition among teams to log the most miles by bicycling, walking, carpooling, etc. -- any trip taken by not driving a car alone.

Last year, ASD took first place by logging 199 miles. This year, the competition takes place from May 8 to 19.

At Bellview school, I’m informational liaison for the Health Promotions Committee, and am also district contact for the Rogue Commute Challenge. I recently shared information about joining and logging trips with the district team.

People who competed with the team last year do not need to register again; they simply have to log their trips from May 8 to 19. But for those who are new, your first step is to create a free profile with Drive Less Connect.

Once you’ve created your profile, your next step is to join the “Ashland School District” network.

Go to your “Profile” drop-down menu in the black bar at the top of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select “My Networks,” which will show all the networks that you are currently in. Just above this list, look for a green plus-sign; click the link to “Join Network” next to it.

Type in a few letters from the network name to locate “Ashland School District,” select it from the list and click “Continue.” If you encounter any difficulties with joining the network, contact Edem Gomez with Rogue Valley Transit, egomez@rvtd.org or 541-608-2411.

When you log your trips in Drive Less Connect, those trips and miles will automatically be added onto your workplace network.

Important to note: You can log ANY trip in which you didn’t drive alone. The trips you log don’t only have to be those to work and back. Personal trips, to the store, etc., count toward team standings too.

Also posted to Librarian on a Bicycle

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