Full Contest Details

Full Contest Details

How to Participate:

This year’s challenge runs from May 1st to 31st. To participate, you need to create a profile and log the trips you make each day using our online trip tracker tool. If you register with a workplace, your trips will count toward your workplace’s total score. If you register with a high school, your trips will count toward your school’s total score. If you did not register with either a workplace or a high school, your trips will just count toward your personal score.

How to Coordinate:

This year, there are three different types of coordinator roles: workplace coordinators, community group coordinators, and high school coordinators. For all, the key role is to engage others in your group, school, or workplace in the program! Coordinator packages, plus lots of easy to use promotional materials that will get your group, school, or workplace geared up for the challenge, can be downloaded. Just click the link below! If you’d like printed flyers or posters delivered to your workplace, school, or community group, please contact Lindsay, Community Shifting Gears Coordinator @ GreenUP


How to Win:

Workplaces and schools can complete against each other for the coveted Travel Wise awards.  The scores are calculated based on the total number of trips recorded, rather than the trip distance, as we do not want to favour longer commutes. Winners receive a plaque, an invitation to the Community Shifting Gears Wrap-Up Celebration and Awards Ceremony in June, and special recognition on Community Shifting Gears social media. The Travel Wise awards are distributed in the following categories:

  • Micro (1-10 employees)
  • Small (11-25 employees)
  • Medium (26 – 250 employees)
  • Large (251+ employees)
  • Master’s Class (workplaces that have ranked as top in their size category 2 or more times)
  • High School
  • Community Group

By logging trips, you may also qualify for some of our rewards. Prizes are awarded though a random draw from all qualified participants. No purchase is necessary. The contest is only open to individuals who live, work, or attend high school in the city of Peterborough, Ontario.

Participant Rewards:

For Workplaces & Community Members:

Workplace and community member participants can qualify for Community Shifting Gears awards and prizes, such as,

First 500 to 15: The first 500 participants to log 15 sustainable trips will win special discounts and prizes to help you walk, bike, and bus around town. Log your trips early and often to be in the running for the first 500. Winners will be contacted by Community Shifting Gears.

Weekly draws for yummy lunch gift certificates: To qualify for a weekly prize, you must have entered at least one sustainable trip that week. You must enter your trips by 12pm on the Monday following the week for which a prize is being drawn (May 8, 15, 23, 29). For hard-copy participants, trips must be recorded on the posted tracker sheet before 4pm on Friday each week, and a copy of that tracker sheet must be scanned, submitted in person to GreenUP, or faxed to 705-745-4413. There are four prizes drawn each week, for (one) $25 Peterborough DBIA gift card. Weekly draw prize winners are selected through a random draw. The draw will be held at 2 pm on Monday afternoon after the weekly contest closes. Winners will be contacted by Community Shifting Gears.

The Grand Prize Draw of a $750 Resorts of Ontario gift card: This will be selected through a random draw from all participants who have tracked at least four sustainable trips during Community Shifting Gears. All tracking forms must be submitted by workplace coordinators to Community Shifting Gears by 4pm Friday June 2nd.

For High Schools:

High schools can qualify for the Community Shifting Gears Spirit Prize, and student participants qualify individual student prizes, such as,

CSG Spirit Prize: The High School that shows the greatest enthusiasm for sustainable transportation – through number of participants, trips logged, and promotional activities organized – will win the CSG Spirit Prize, a $250 VISA gift card.

Individual High School Participant Prizes: High School participants qualify for individual prizes, which are distributed based on the greatest number of non-drive trips tracked during the challenge. There is a prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, as well as 10 honorary mention prizes.

  • 1st Place Participant Prize (1 winner): An TREK Bike
  • 2nd Place Participant Prize (1 winner): A FitBit
  • 3rd Place Participant Prize (1 winner): A $50 VISA gift card
  • Honorary Mention Prizes (10 winners)


The first Workplace Shifting Gears Challenge took place in 2004. This challenge, with funding from Transport Canada’s ecoMOBILITY program, grew substantially between 2008 and 2011, increasing participant numbers four-fold. This program has motivated the transition to sustainable modes of transportation for thousands of local commuters. 2017 is the 14th anniversary of Shifting Gears!