Holiday Commute Challenge Kicks off Dec. 9th

IMG_8402Winter Park Employers Encouraged to Participate in Holiday Commute Challenge December 12-16 – Kickoff Dec. 9th 

Healthy Central Florida has partnered with reThink Your Commute, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation, for the 2016 Commute Challenge Dec. 12-16.  Rethink is challenging Winter Park commuters to try a new way of getting to work – walk, bike, try SunRail or carpool. Be green, have fun and get healthy!

The week-long challenge kicks off on Friday, December 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. with the Winter Park IMG_3199Chamber’s Good Morning Winter Park presents “Coffee & Commuting” at the Winter Park Welcome Center. The popular monthly breakfast gathering brings together members, residents and community leaders for coffee and good conversation.

The special December 9 “Coffee & Commuting” session will feature a panel of unique transportation experts: Winter Park commuters who bike, walk, carpool and ride transit to work. Attendees will learn how these “reThinkers” have successfully navigated the alternative transportation network and the reasons why employers should encourage others to do the same.

Companies are encouraged to form workplace teams as part of the commute challenge. Participants will be able to log their commute trips, earning points for sharing the ride, trying transit or choosing an active mode to get to work December 12-16. To encourage some healthy competition, Whole Foods Market will award a catered lunch to the winning company with the best participation.

This is the fourth year in a row that commuters who work in Winter Park are being challenged to reThink the way they get to their jobs. A goal of the commute challenge is to increase awareness of the transportation options available to Winter Park commuters and connectivity throughout the city. This year’s challenge is a partnership between reThink Your Commute, Healthy Central Florida, the City of Winter Park, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Whole Foods Market.

Winter Park employers and commuters can register for the kickoff event and join the challenge at More information is also available by calling 866-610-RIDE (7433).

Mark Your Calendar! Bike to Work Day 2017 takes place on Wednesday, March 8th (rain date Mar. 9).