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Record Turn Out Expected for 5th Annual Active Commute Week

Active Commute Week 2016

Local business and individual enrollments in Grand Rapids 5th Annual Commute week could potentially set new attendance records when the 2016 event kicks off Monday, and The Rapid is doing our part to promote a record turnout.

We’re encouraging all of our riders and social media followers to tune up your bikes, dust off your running/walking shoes or purchase your Rapid bus pass because Active Commute Week starts on June 20. Beginning Monday and continuing all next week through Friday, June 24, we are asking commuters of all ages, occupations and fitness levels to use active transportation to get around.

The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s (GGRBC) Active Commute Week allows individual participants and teams to earn points for using active transportation, including bicycling, walking, riding The Rapid, carpooling, running, long-boarding, or inline skating.

The goal of Active Commute Week is to raise awareness about the health, economic and environmental benefits of active travel. More than 25 employers are already registered for the 2016 affair – including Steelcase, Grand Valley State University, Calvin College and more – compared to 17 businesses and universities last year.Active Commute Week Pit Stop 2015

It’s fast, easy and free to register by completing the individual form, and please note your organization when you sign up if it’s applicable. You will be notified by The Rapid when your account is ready. Participants can track trips on theWest Michigan RideShare site. The deadline for logging trips is at 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 24, so we can tabulate results. Participants also have the opportunity to log their intended evening trips by noon Friday as well. Aside from logging your trips, don’t miss these awesome Active Commute Week events:

Bike to Work Day Bike Trains: June 24th, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Bike commuters are invited to join each other in mutual support through organized Bike Trains. Experienced bicycle commuters will lead Bike Trains to destinations through Grand Rapids. All levels are encouraged.

Pit Stops: June 24th, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Organizations compete for best support station for those participating in an active morning commute! Check out the list of pit stops to visit for your Friday commute.

Handlebar Happy Hour: June 24th, 4:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Long Road Distillers

Bike, bus, or walk to meet up with other active commuters to  wrap up West Michigan’s 5th Annual Active Commute Week! Door prizes will be up for grabs and Active Commute Week Challenge and Pit Stop winners will be announced.

There’s more than just a pat on the back involved in your success as an Active Commute Week participant. Individuals and employer teams will be awarded for their active commutes based on who logs the highest number of total trips and the highest number of total miles for walking, cycling, riding the bus and carpooling. Prizes include $100 Meijer gift cards, bus passes, bike helmets, and more!

It’s not too late to sign up! Register here.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.