The Buses, Bikes, & Brooms Challenge will be back in October of 2020!
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Join other businesses and employers from across the state in celebrating fall by participating in the Buses, Bikes, & Brooms Challenge! Bike, walk, skateboard, telecommute, carpool, use transit, or any combination of these modes from October 1 – 31, 2020!

Challenge Details

During the month of October, log any trip you make to work in a manner other than driving in a vehicle alone. The challenge permits various modes including walking, biking, transit, carpool, telecommuting (working at home), or any combination of these options. All trips will be logged online on our free trip logger platform, which is currently being updated for this Challenge!

Form a team with your workplace and compete with other teams around the state. You’ll be able to track your progress against other teams and other people on your team on a real-time leaderboard. Depending on the size of your employer, your team may be your department, unit, division, branch or the entire company. In fact, many find it fun to create friendly competition between other departments or branches of a company. You can also compete as an individual if you don’t have a workplace that is able to participate as a team. 

How to Join

We are currently working hard to improve our trip logger system! With that being said, we will update the steps of how to join and log your trips once available! As always with this Challenge, you will be able to participate as part of your employer team or as an individual.

Challenge Awards and Incentives

Awards will be given out to businesses, organizations, and individuals for the following categories:

  • Most Sustainable Trips (4 awards total): Awarded to the employer/team/individual with the highest number of sustainable trips (based on a per capita ratio) in each employer size category. If two or more teams are tied, the winning team will be chosen based on the highest average number of sustainable trips per person.
    • Individual (1 person/employee)
    • Small (2-19 employees)
    • Medium (20-99 employees)
    • Large (100+ employees)
  • Most Social Media Buzz (1 award total): Awarded to one employer/team/individual with the most total points based on the following point system. Be sure to include #BusesBikesandBrooms and your employer/team name so we can find your post!
    • Three points for each original post, one point for retweet or Facebook “like”; and one point for Twitter “favorite” or Facebook “comment”.
    • One point for each social media platform used.
    • One point for each unique author.
    • Five points for each video.

Individual incentives will be distributed throughout the challenge period as raffle prizes. To be eligible, all you have to do is log a trip during the challenge! On a weekly basis, we will be choosing participants who have logged trips at random to pick a prize from a pre-determined selection. Additional incentives may be distributed to a team through the team captain.

General Challenge Resources

  • Challenge Brochure
  • Challenge Guidelines
  • Sign-up Guide
  • FAQ’s
  • How do I use the Commute Calendar?

Team Captain Toolkit

  • Challenge Guidebook
  • Sign-up Posters
    • Poster #1- General information about the challenge for those who may not have heard of Commute Smart NH, or its challenges before
    • Poster #2 – For business to post notifying employees that they are participating
    • Poster #3 – To use in the middle of the challenge to remind participants to log their trips
  • Sample Email Blasts
  • Challenge Logo
  • CommuteSmart NH Logo

2019 Challenge & Participating Teams

The 2019 Buses, Bikes, & Brooms Challenge was held from October 20 – November 2, 2019. In just two weeks we were able to log 563 trips segments totaling 3,561 miles, and saved 5,344 pounds of pollutants and $3,995! Thanks you to all the employers, organizations, and individuals that participated! Participating teams were:

Absolute Resource Associates
Central NH Regional Planning Commission
City of Concord
Free Agents
Goodale’s Bike Shop – Nashua
Hanover Co-op Food Stores
McLean Commutications
Monadnock Food Co-op
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
NH Department of Environmental Services
NH Department of Transportation
NH Public Utilities
Oyster River Cycle Sport
Queen City Bike Collective
Rockingham Planning Commission
S&W Sports
Shaker Road School
Southern NH Planning Commission
Strafford Regional Planning Commission