2018 Walk & Roll Challenge
The Walk & Roll Challenge encourages individuals to take alternative transportation trips and record them on NuRide during the month of May to be eligible for prizes.
The Greater San Antonio region typically experiences multiple days from April through October when air pollution reaches unhealthy levels. Some of the pollutants in our air originate from other regions of the country or from natural sources, but a significant portion is created locally from activities we engage in each day – such as driving our vehicles.
Since these are sources we control, we have a unique opportunity to take action and improve the situation: drive less and take fewer trips in motorized vehicles by ourselves. The Alamo Area Council of Governments’ Walk & Roll Challenge, held in support of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Walk & Roll program, encourages residents to do just that.
The Walk & Roll Challenge encourages individuals to take and record their alternative transportation trips on NuRide to be entered to win prizes, including weekly $50 Visa gift cards and a $200 Visa gift card. The Walk & Roll Challenge also includes a friendly competition between employers to see whose employees can record the highest percentage of alternative transportation trips. Eligible trips include carpool, vanpool, walking, biking, telecommuting, and working a compressed week.
In May 2017, 2,707 area residents collectively took more than 102 thousand walking, biking, busing, and carpooling trips. Others avoided taking vehicle trips though telecommuting and working compressed schedules. Together, these individuals saved over 1.6 million vehicle miles traveled and kept over 2 tons of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (the components of ozone or “smog”) from the air. These individuals participated in the Alamo Area Council of Governments’ (AACOG) Walk & Roll Challenge by recording their trips on NuRide.
This was the 12th Annual Walk & Roll Challenge, which AACOG has conducted in support of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Walk & Roll Program to draw attention to the connection between transportation and air quality and to encourage people in the AACOG region to adopt new modes of transportation. As well as rewarding individuals who participate, the challenge recognizes and awards regional businesses and organizations whose employees record the most commuting and other purposeful trips that are taken without being a single occupant in a motorized vehicle.
The organizations taking up this challenge with ACCOG were: the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO); Alamo Colleges; Bexar County; City of Leon Valley; City of San Antonio; CPS Energy; Joint Base San Antonio; Lake|Flato Architects; Linebarger, Goggan, Blair, and Sampson; SA2020; San Antonio Express-News; San Antonio Housing Authority; San Antonio River Authority; San Antonio Water System; Southwest Research Institute; Texas Department of Transportation (San Antonio District); University of Texas Health Center; USAA; and VIA Metropolitan Transit.
Winners in the following categories were:
- Best Newcomer (the first-time competitor with the highest percentage of trips per employee): Linebarger, Goggan, Blair, and Sampson
- Most Improved (the returning competitor with the highest percentage of trips per employee): City of Leon Valley
- Smartest Organization (the competitor that completed the highest number of activities to increase awareness and participation among its employees): Southwest Research Institute
In addition to the organizational component of this challenge, any individual recording three or more trips per week on NuRide during the challenge timeframe was eligible for weekly $50 Visa Gift Card drawings, and anyone who recorded at least one trip during the entire timeframe was eligible for the grand prize, $200 Visa Gift Card drawing. The four weekly drawing winners were: Lawrence Bustos of Joint Base San Antonio, Wallace James, Jr. of the U.S. Department of Justice, Beth Holland of the City of San Antonio, and Kathy Duncan of USAA. The grand prize winner was Teresa Maillard of UTSA.