Shifting Gears

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 challenge! 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, 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 participants and trips recorded, rather than the trip distance, as we do not want to favour longer commutes. Winners receive a certificate, an invitation to the Shifting Gears Wrap-Up Celebration and Awards Ceremony in June, and special recognition on 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)
  • High School
  • Community Group

By logging trips, you may also qualify for some of our rewards and prizes. 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:

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 Shifting Gears.

Shifting Gears draws: The draws will be selected through a random draw from all participants who have tracked at least four sustainable trips during Shifting Gears. All tracking forms must be submitted by workplace coordinators to Shifting Gears by 4pm Monday June 4th to be used in final draws.

High schools can qualify for the Shifting Gears Spirit Prize.

SG 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 SG Spirit Prize, a $250 VISA gift card.


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. 2018 is the 15th year of Shifting Gears!