Clean Commute Contest Offers $650 Trip Prize

April 27, 2007 -- To celebrate Clean Commute Day, May 4, the local Commuter Information Team is offering prizes to anyone who signs a pledge to forego, for at least one day, a typical commute as the single occupant of a vehicle, and instead to carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, walk, bike or use some other form of alternative transit. The Grand Prize is a family-friendly getaway at Massanutten Resort ($650 value), including activities such as golf and horseback riding. There will be other, smaller gift certificate prizes. Prize winners will be announced at the May 4 Fridays After Five performance of the Bootsie Daniels Band at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

To promote cleaner commutes, on May 4 all city buses are free all day, as are JAUNT bus rides for those who bring a bike. The Commuter Information Team will be stationed at the Community Chalkboard on the Downtown Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with commuter-related games, prizes, a live radio broadcast by Kiss 92.7 FM and interactive demonstrations, including a Toyota hybrid car.

The CIT exhibit table will resume from 5 p.m. until the prize-winners are announced on stage that evening. Learn more and sign up online at

The CIT exhibit table will be handing out the brand new “Bike Smart Map,” detailing all of the most useful and safest routes around the Grounds vicinity, including quieter routes versus more dangerous ones, areas of concern like busy intersections, locations of bike racks and bike lanes, as well as all bus routes and stops for both University and city buses.