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Recruiting Competitors for TC Commuter Cup

Fri, May  27, 2005 - By Missy Luyk

TRAVERSE CITY (May 25, 2005)- Are the rising gas prices getting you down?  Put your car away and get your bike tuned up, your tennis shoes laced up or buy a bus ticket in preparation for the 11th Annual Traverse City Smart Commute Week!  Smart Commute Week is administered by Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails with input and collaboration with many community organizations.

The goal of Smart Commute Week is to get folks to consider alternative ways to get to work.  Smart commuting includes bicycling, walking, carpooling or taking BATA.  The purpose of Smart Commute Week is to promote alternative transportation and to educate area residents of the benefits of a smart commute. Smart commuting includes many benefits for your health, for the environment and for your pocket book. Smart commuting increases our mobility with less pollution.

Commuter Cup Challenge

We are currently recruiting participation in the Commuter Cup Challenge from June 6-10, 2005! The Commuter Cup Challenge is the heart and soul of Smart Commute Week, and is a friendly workplace competition to encourage co-workers to bike, walk, carpool or ride BATA to work. Commuter Cup participants earn points based on the percentage of total employees who “smart commute” to work. 

Challenge your co-workers to walk, bike, carpool, or take BATA to work and try to win the commuting contest!

The Commuter Cup Challenge is open to all workplaces in Traverse City. Commuter Cup teams can be made up of the entire workplace, departments or divisions- you choose!  Challenge other businesses or challenge groups within your own organization. The goal is to increase participation and spread the joys of smart commuting.  To learn how your Traverse City organization can participate, call 941-4300 or visit our website at

Commuter Cup team categories:
  Mini        (2-5 employees)
  Small      (6-24 employees)
  Medium   (25-50 employees)
  Large      (50 + employees)

Smart Commute Week is a community event and has been made possible with a grant from the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services. Additional funding has been provided by TC-TALUS, Gourdie Fraser, Cherry Capital Cycling Club, Thompson Surgical Instruments and Schmuckal Oil.

This event is administered by TART Trails, a not-for-profit organization. The TART Trails are a network of four trail systems located in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties utilized by thousands of people who walk, bike, run, in-line skate, cross-country ski and commute. TART Trails include the Boardman Lake Trail, Leelanau Trail, TART Trail, and Vasa Pathway. The TART Trails combine to form 50 miles of recreation and transportation pathways spanning from Suttons Bay to Acme Township. It is estimated that the trails serve over 200,000 users annually while preserving valuable community greenspace.