Cards Commuter Challenge 2023

When Aug 28, 2023 12:00 AM to
Sep 30, 2023 11:55 PM
Where University-wide
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2023 Cards Commuter Challenge LogoUofL wants you to save money, burn calories, put an end to pollution, and win prizes…all by simply choosing to get to campus in a new way! Record your trips on Cardinal Directions throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 28 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win one of the $50 weekly prizes or the $250 Grand Prize! Any trip by means other than driving alone increases your chances of winning!

Step 1: Join the Challenge online!

Step 2: Challenge yourself (and your friends!) to get to campus differently!
Try these life-affirming alternatives to the expense, road-rage, pollution, and parking hassles of driving alone:

  • BUS: Ride any TARC Airport RouteTARC route free with UofL ID (just swipe your card as you board - any time, anywhere).
  • CARDpool: Organize your own carpool with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates; or find rides & offer rides online through Cardinal DirectioCardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!ns.
  • WALK, SKATE, or BIKE: Get your workout just by getting where you need to go under your own power! If you don't have your own bike, borrow one free from UofL Bikeshare or join LouVelo citywide bikeshare for just $15/mo with your address (membership gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges). Be sure to also log your bike trips during Cycle September as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes! And join Team UofL on Strava to log your rides and encourage/compete against your peers for the UofL Grand Prize. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation from September 1-30, 2023. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop!LouVelo BAB Station
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.
  • SKIP THE COMMUTE: Work or study from home for maximum convenience, savings, and safety!

* NOTE: Though certainly better than driving, getting around via lazy, coal-powered electric scooters does not qualify for this Challenge. Skip the dirty electricity and use your muscles to qualify!

Explore all of UofL's Sustainable Transportation Options.

Step 3: Log your trips to win!

The only way to be in the running for prizes is to log your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on social media @UofLSustainable.

And be sure to join us for our weekly themed eventsto get you engaged in the Challenge:

  • Campus History Walking Tour with Tom Owen
    Wednesday, Aug. 30th, 5:30pm, starts on Ekstrom Library's Quad porch
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle
    Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4th
    , 8am-noon, Waterfront Park Great Lawn
  • Car-free trip at noon from Belknap Campus to:
    UofL Day at that Gray Street Farmers’ Market
    Thursday, Sept. 14th
    , 10:30am‒1:30pm
    Health Sciences Center, 634 S Jackson St (NE corner of Jackson & Gray)
    Bike Trip: Cyclists will leave from the North Info Center at noon for a flat, easy ride on bike lanes. Bring your own bike, or borrow one from UofL Bikeshare at the SRC, or from LouVelo. Sam Shaw & Anthony Riley will be leading the bike ride.
    Bus Trip: Bus riders should gather at noon at the north-bound bus stop on Floyd Street across from the SAC at Ulmer Stadium for a quick ride on TARC Route 28. Swipe your UofL ID as you board the bus for a free trip! Jahnavi Doddapaneni will be leading the bus trip.
  • Skate Night!
    Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 4-6pm, Meet up at Humanities Quad
    As a part of the Cards Commuter Challenge, the UofL Sustainability Council is hosting this fun roll for skaters of all types. Just skateboard, rollerblade, or roller skate on over to the Quad for a fun night of skating together! Be sure to log your skate on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! The Skate Night will be lead by EcoReps Intern, Chelsea Erbacher.
  • Carpool Week!
    Sept. 25-30th
    To wrap up the Cards Commuter Challenge 2023, we encourage you to try sharing the ride and discovering all the benefits of building community, making new friends, and sharing the costs and burden of driving! Many people near you are also headed to UofL or other destinations, so consider sharing the ride with your neighbors. You'll save money, build community, reduce pollution, ease traffic congestion, and reduce parking problems for everyone! Discover all of your options with our free Cardinal Directions trip-planning and carpool-matching service.

Cards Commuter Challengers prevent 2276lbs. of carbon pollution over 3381 miles, saving $1613, and burning 121,989 calories! (UofL Sustainability News, Oct. 3, 2023)

2023 Cards Commuter Challenge Final ResultsWe were thrilled with our collective accomplishments: Over the five weeks, participants logged 828 trips on foot, bike, bus, carpool, or telecommuting, mitigating 2276 pounds of carbon pollution over 3381 miles, saving $1,613, and burning 121,989 calories!

Congratulations go out to UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Justin Mog, who logged the most trips (68 trips by bicycle and carpool, totaling 619 miles!) and to our Grand Prize $250 raffle winner: Biology professor, Linda Fuselier, who was randomly selected from all the participants after logging 20 trips by bicycle.

Weekly $50 Winners included:

  1. David Henry, staff in Infectious Diseases, who rode TARC free to/from work four days in week 1
  2. Physical Plant program assistant, Jessi Stivers, who rode TARC free to/from work four days in week 2
  3. Emma Beck from Library Archives, who left worries about parking or traffic in the dust through telework and free transit in week 3
  4. Dental Systems Analyst, Clinton Coulter, who enjoyed perfect fall weather bicycling to/from work every day in week 4

Here are the final standings (View Leaderboard):

Rank Name
1 Justin Mog 68
2 Tonja Craig 62
3 Rachel Singel 58
4 Janisha Szabo 57
5 LaRee Shontee 56
6 Chloe Forsting 55
7 Jessi Stivers 50
8 William Cull 48
9 Chad White 40
10 Clinton Coulter 39
11 Emma Beck 39
12 David Henry 38
13 Sophia Anner 38
14 Jacqueline Gallagher 36
15 Hannah Cochran 30
16 Tonja Craig 20
17 Linda Fuselier 20
18 Rachel Singel 14
19 Avery Kolers 13
20 Alyssa Burton 8
21 Andrew Lynn 8
22 Scott Campbell 6
23 Shauntrice Martin 4
24 Anastasia Bricest 4
25 Angelina Reinert 4
26 Steffany Gayton 2
27 Jacek Jasinski 2
28 Jahnavi Doddapaneni 2
29 Mark French 2
30 Johnathon Bales 2
31 Sarah Frankel 2
32 Trevor Cesario 1