Compete Against the City, County, Other Businesses in the Commuter Challenge!
Samantha Potter
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Compete Against the City, County, Other Businesses in the Commuter Challenge!

ANN ARBOR, MI –  Howard Lazarus, Ann Arbor City Administrator and Gregory Dill, Washtenaw County Administrator are competing against each other in this year’s Commuter Challenge organized by the getDowntown Program, The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), and sponsored by Google.

Lazarus challenged Dill to an individual competition to log the most alternative commutes during the Commuter Challenge, which begins May 1 and runs through May 31, 2017. Lazarus and Dill met on Tuesday, April 18 to kick-off their competition with one another and signed a Commuter Challenge Agreement, which highlighted their commitments to the competition.

“This is the first of many opportunities to work together to improve the quality of life of our community members. We’re looking forward to competing in this challenge and encourage and energize other organizations to do so as well. I appreciate Greg signing up, as leadership comes from the top,” Howard Lazarus said.

“Howard is competitive, but he is going down,” Gregory Dill said. Lazarus’ response? “In his dreams.”

The Commuter Challenge encourages commuters to travel to work using alternative modes of transportation, including: walking, biking, carpooling, and taking the bus. The goal of the challenge is to entice people that may not otherwise use alternative modes of transportation to use it at least once during this competition, so that they may be inclined to continue to do so after the competition.

Throughout the Commuter Challenge, there will be weekly competitions to encourage employees in the Greater Ann Arbor Area to commute using alternative modes of transportation, such as Green Commute Week and Bus to Work Week. Commuters that participate in these weekly events will be eligible to win additional prizes.

“We’re thrilled that Howard and Greg decided to wager in a friendly competition during the Commuter Challenge. By seeing these public officials compete, we hope it will encourage others to join in on the fun too,” Chris Simmons, Director of the getDowntown Program said. “Last year we had over 2,200 participants and over 260 organizations join the Commuter Challenge. Our goal is to exceed these numbers this year. The getDowntown program also promises to keep commuters up to date on the Howard versus Greg competition.”

Starting May 1, people who work in the greater Ann Arbor Area can log their alternative commutes at and track the leaderboard to see how they rank in their organization’s size category. Additionally, for the whole month of May, each time they log their commute, participants get a chance to win great prizes. By logging their first commute, participants automatically receive a coupon for free ice cream from Washtenaw Dairy!

The Commuter Challenge is organized by getDowntown Program, a partnership of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Ann Arbor. This year’s Commuter Challenge Sustainability Superstar Sponsor is Google. For up to date information on this and other benefits of commuting by alternative modes of transportation, visit

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