Walk/Ride Days and Commuter Challenges
The Green Streets Commuter Challenge at Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Walk/Ride Days are Green Streets' signature approach to increasing the use of active and sustainable transportation through virtual and community events involving everyone. Walk/Ride Day was typically celebrated on the last Friday of the month, but with some events taking place throughout the week.
Walk/Ride Days are opportunities to change up a commute and try out an alternative, or a day to reflect on the impact of your daily commute on your finances, health, and the environment.
Since 2012, Walk/Ride days have been at the core of Green Streets' annual corporate Commuter Challenges. These, along with our What Moves Us projects, are a great and fun way to start the sustainable commuting conversation at your organization.
Walk/Ride Day Commuter Challenges are unique for 3 main reasons
The event occurs on a monthly basis using our online "check-in" process. Participants complete a 90 second check-in, telling how they usually commute and how they commute (or plan to commute) on or around Walk/Ride Day. The check-in offers alternative route and mode options and calculates emissions saved and calories burned.
Whether you drive, walk, bike, take public transit, or a combination - or don't travel because you telecommute - Green Streets wants you involved. Widespread inclusion raises awareness and creates a more holistic view of the community of commuters.
Walk/Ride Day began in Cambridge, MA, and is currently celebrated throughout greater Boston. It has also inspired similar efforts in Portland, Maine; Concord, NH; West Bridgford, Nottingham, England; and elsewhere. The Walk/Ride Day Challenge is now ready to be spread anywhere and everywhere.
Benefits of our sustainable transportation programs
Energized and Engaged Staff/Membership
A collective effort to make positive by staff or members has the power to foster a productive and engaging work environment.
Physical and Mental Health
There are so many physical and mental health benefits to sustainable transportation. For instance, walking or biking is a great way to get outside and get some exercise.
Employers and Employees Save Money
With the rising cost of owning a vehicle, sustainable transportation, like walking, biking, carpooling, public transportation, and everything in between, can help you save money on gas and other vehicle expenses.
Help the Environment and Public Health
Not only does less cars on the road mean greater environmental benefits, but less carbon dioxide in the air is better for yourself and the health of the community.
Build Connections in the Community
Rethinking and making changes to your commute alongside others is a great way to make friends and learn more about the community.
Everyone is Welcome
Commuters of all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences can celebrate the diverse transportation options available to us. Our programs take a holistic approach and are flexible for your lifestyle.