#SwitchATrip September 20 – 26
We challenge you to trade one car trip to biking, walking, or riding the bus. According to the 2017 National Household Travel Survey, 53 percent of all trips are four miles or less – so try that quick neighborhood errand on two wheels!
Do it for physical activity, do it for better air quality, or just do it for fun. Want a little help switching a trip? Keep scrolling!
PLEDGE to switch at least one car trip to bike, bus, or walk between September 20 and 26. That’s it! Changing your daily routine can seem daunting, so we want to make this a fun competition between communities in Northern Colorado. Take the #SwitchATrip Pledge to let us know you plan to bike, bus, walk, scoot, or skate! Complete a short survey at the end and be entered into a random drawing for fabulous prizes, including gift cards, t-shirts, hats, transit passes, and more.
Where does your community rank?
Tag us @NFRMPO on social media to share how you #SwitchATrip to move around the region without a car. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Why Should You #SwitchATrip?
Northern Colorado is growing, and it’s growing FAST. With this growth comes more traffic, which impacts your ability to get places and the quality of the air you breathe. Emissions from cars, SUVS, and motorcycles are a leading cause of ground-level ozone production. Breathing in ozone can cause respiratory issues, especially for vulnerable people like older adults, children, or people with asthma. Biking, riding the bus, and walking reduce ozone production. If each Northern Colorado household switched one trip a week for a year, it would amount to 9.6 million fewer car trips, annually! Small individual changes really add up.
Making a switch also helps with traffic congestion and physical activity. Even just walking to the local bus stop can make a difference. It doesn’t have to be a big switch! Read more on the benefits of active transportation here.
Feel free to use these materials to promote the Challenge among your family, friends, colleagues, or other networks.
- Regional Trail Connections
More trails are being built to connect communities across Larimer and Weld counties, so take a look to see where these trails can take you.
- CDOT Bike to Work Day
Statewide resources for bicycling.
- Greeley Bikes
Resources for the Greeley Bikes program with resources showing Evans’ resources as well
- Loveland Recreational Trails
Resources for the Loveland Recreational Trail and other bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Loveland.
- Loveland Bike & Walk Month
Resources, virtual events, activities and information.
- Loveland Bike & Walk Month
Intercity bus service to Denver multiple times per day with a stop at the US34 Park-n-Ride in Loveland.
- City of Loveland Transit (COLT)
See where COLT can take you, with connections to FLEX and Bustang.
- Estes Transit
See where Estes Transit can take you.
- Greeley Evans Transit (GET)
See where GET can take you, with connections to Express Arrow, Bustang, and Transfort.
- NFRMPO Mobility Program
Resources for transportation focused on older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Resources for the FLEX, MAX, and transit within Fort Collins.
- VanGoTM Vanpool Program
Resources for vanpooling in Northern Colorado.
Curious about how to put your bicycle on a bus? FC Moves developed a handy How to Load Your Bike resource.
Air Quality Resources
- Simple Steps, Better Air – Resources from the Regional Air Quality Council to improve our region’s air quality.
Thanks to our prize sponsors:
The NoCo Active Transportation Challenge received local and national press!
- Mass Transit Magazine
- Greeley Tribune
- AASHTO Daily Transportation Update
- Shared on social media by the City of Greeley, City of Loveland, Greeley Evans Transit, City of Loveland, High Plains Library District, Town of Estes Park, and the NFRMPO. Did we miss you?
- Greeley Youtube Channel
For any questions, contact Ryan Dusil or call (970) 422-1096.