The city is encouraging people to walk, bike or ride the bus more often, and they’ve created a challenge to help sweeten the deal. In the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) “Walk Bike Ride Challenge,” participants are asked to switch at least two car trips to more environmentally friendly modes of transit. The contest lasts for the months of July and August.
Last summer, Ballard won the neighborhood competition, switching more car trips than any other ‘hood. Individuals are asked to register here, track their rides on a personal calendar through August, and be in to win the following prizes:
- An electric bike from Electric Bikes Northwest
- An overnight stay at Pan Pacific Hotel in South Lake Union
- A Zipcar 1-year membership & 5+ hours of driving credit
- $100 Nordstrom gift card (courtesy of Commute Seattle)
- $100 REI gift card
- $100 farmers’ market gift card (accepted at seven farmers’ markets)
SDOT will send participants emails with tips on walking, biking and riding to help reduce your car trips. You can also view saved trip charts to see how many trips you’ve reduced, and compare results with other participants.
To learn more about the challenge, click here.