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 register, complete the welcome survey, and log the trips you make each day using our online trip tracker tool. Your logged trips will count towards your personal score, and will make you eligible for prizes. If you register with a workplace, your trips will count toward your workplace’s total score.

How to Coordinate:

Coordinators help to engage others in the challenge! Coordinator packages, plus lots of easy to use promotional materials that will get you geared up for the challenge, can be downloaded. Just click here! 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 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 wish to favour longer commutes. Winners receive a certificate, an invitation to the Shifting Gears Wrap Party 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)

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 in the city and county of Peterborough, Ontario.

Participant Rewards:

Weekly draws: 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. For participants who track trips by paper form, 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. Weekly draw prize winners are selected through a random draw. The draw will be held at 10am on Tuesday morning after the weekly contest closes. Winners will be contacted by Shifting Gears.

New-to-Shifting Bonus: If you are new to Shifting Gears and register for one of our New-to-Shifting workshops, you will receive a bonus gift related to your chosen sustainable transportation mode.

#shiftinggearsptbo prizes: When you share how you are shifting gears this spring on social media, you will be eligible for special prizes and draws. You must use the hashtag so that we can find your posts. Winners will be contacted by Shifting Gears.


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. 2019 is the 16th year of Shifting Gears!