Shifting Gears



Registration FAQ:

Is there a registration deadline?

Shifting Gears officially kicks off on May 1, 2019. We recommend registering before May 1st and tracking your trips daily or weekly to be eligible for incentives and weekly prizes. Registration for Shifting Gears does not have a cutoff date and participants are able to register up until May 31st.

If I have participated last year do I need to register again?

Yes, this year we are asking everyone to register for the 2020 Challenge and complete the survey in your Welcome to Shifting Gears email.

Can high schools still compete as a group?

Yes, they can compete alongside the workplaces in this year’s challenge. Schools, staff, and students will have the same chances of winning main prizes and awards as workplaces, employees, and community members.

Shifting Gears Benefits and Prize FAQ:

How does Shifting Gears benefit me and my community?

The Shifting Gears challenge helps,

  • reduce traffic congestion in Peterborough,
  • promote health and fitness,
  • reduce the environmental impact of driving, and
  • participants win super prizes and awards.

How can I win a prize?

Simply log your trips throughout the month to be eligible for Shifting Gears awards and prizes, such as,

  • Weekly draws – Draws will take place every Tuesday at 10am, so make sure your last week’s trips are logged before then.
  • New-to-Shifting Bonus – When you attend a New-to-Shifting workshop you will receive a bonus ($20 value) related to the transportation mode you are planning to shift towards.
  • #shiftinggearsptbo prize – When you use social media to share tips and tricks on how you are shifting gears, you will be eligible for prizes.
  • Shifting Gears Awards – Participants are invited to the Shifting Gears Wrap Party in June, where there will be awards and exciting door prizes to be won!

How will I know if I have won a weekly draw?

To win a weekly draw you must log your trips using the online trip tracker by 12 pm the following Monday. Off-line trip trackers are available for workplaces and must be submitted to your workplace coordinator by end-of-week. Winners will be contacted by Shifting Gears.

Promotions FAQ:

How do I get materials to promote the challenge?

Shifting Gears has what you need to promote the challenge to your colleagues, classmates, and friends. Flyers, posters, coordinator packages, and more! You can click here to find our online program resources.

We can also deliver printed versions to you (because you’re amazing, and we want to you have the materials you need to make this year’s challenge as successful as possible!) If you want a delivery, click here and let us know what you’d like!

Trip Tracking FAQ:

How often do I have to log my trips?

Be sure to log your trips regularly to be entered into the weekly draws each Tuesday at 10 am. Trips can be logged daily, or at the end of week. If you happened to forget to log your trips, you can always back-log your trips.

What is considered 1 trip?

One trip is anytime you move from destination A to destination B. For example, home to work counts as one trip and work to home counts as one trip, therefore you would have two trips total. If you are trip chaining (i.e. making multiple stops), you can count each trip separately. For example, work to the grocery store to the day care to home can be counted as three trips!

Does trip distance matter? 

No, distance does not play a factor in Shifting Gears standings. Top scores are based on the frequency of an individual’s logged trips.

How do workplaces win? How can I track this?

Top standings are based on participation and trip frequency. At the end of the Shifting Gears challenge the workplaces with the highest standing win. Check the standings page to see how you are fairing against the rest of the community!

Shifting Gears Workshops and Services FAQ:

What new workshops are available this year?

With this year’s focus on setting up new participants for success, we have created three new workshops to set them off on the right foot. The new workshops include,

  • New to Transit
  • New to Bike Commuting
  • New to commuting by Foot

We have a set list of dates that new participants can register for through our New Participant Survey.

Do you still have the old workplace workshops?

Not this year, however if you want to make a special request we can try to accommodate your group. If your workplace has a lot of new participants, we can also offer to bring one of our new workshops right to your office.

For a full listing of workshops and services, click here.

What new services are you offering this year?

Your workplace can receive our consulting services free-of-charge year-round! Complete a Bike-friendly Business Audit, craft a new Telecommuting Policy, or learn about best practices in incentivizing employees to go car-free. For a full listing of services, click here.

Are there courses available to the community, too?

We will be offering various workshops and events through the month of May for Shifting Gears participants. Of course, if you have an idea for a new event, or a group who would like one of the workshops or services offered to workplaces and schools, please be in touch!

Modes of Transport FAQ:

What does sustainable or active transportation mean?

Active transportation is any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or biking. Sustainable transportation takes a greener approach to meeting our travel needs, helping to keep our bodies and our environment healthier. Sustainable modes of transport include walking, cycling, public transit, carpooling, and telecommuting. At Shifting Gears, we strive to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles on our roads, which means electric vehicles don’t count as a sustainable mode of transportation alone for this challenge.

What is telecommuting, and does it count?

Telecommuting refers to when you work from a remote location outside of your traditional office. The remote location may be your home, a coffee shop, a shared office space, or another location a bit closer to your residence (thereby reducing the length of your commute). Most often, telecommuting just means working from home. And yes, it counts!

If I get dropped off to work or high school does that count as carpooling?

Good question! Technically, no. This is especially true if the person driving you to work or school only jumped in the car to take you somewhere. If your driver has other trips or drop offs planned for before or after your drop-off, it can count as a carpooling on your trip tracker. For example, if dad drives you to soccer practice this is not a carpool trip, but if dad drops off one kid to nursery school, you to school, and then goes to work it can be considered carpooling.