Otak Colorado Team recently took part in the Go-Tober challenge, a regional commute challenge between local businesses throughout the month of October. The event is hosted by WayToGo, a program through the Denver Regional Council of Governments. The challenge was aimed at getting employees out of their single-occupancy vehicles, and using “smart commute” options, such as biking, transit, walking or carpooling for their commutes and work-related activities. For each trip logged, the employees earned points for the Otak team.


Well, DRUM ROLL…. 


The results are in, and Otak came in first place in our category!**

  

We are 2019 Go-Tober Champions.


A total of 2,538 participants in the Go-Tober challenge logged 64,366 commutes. Their efforts resulted in 742,814 smart commute miles traveled and a reduction of more than 430,719 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Go-Tober commuters also burned 3,979,980 calories and saved $205,299.08 in travel costs.


Go-Tober is presented by Way to Go, a regional partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and a group of seven transportation management associations (TMAs) that are dedicated to transforming the way people get around. Go-Tober works directly with employers to introduce new commute options to those who normally drive alone. Ultimately, Go-Tober is designed to inspire lasting changes in commuting behavior to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Employees are encouraged to carpool, telework, vanpool, bike, walk, take the light rail or bus their way to prizes and annual bragging rights.

 

Kudos to everyone who participated! We saw folks go above and beyond to organize carpools to work and to meetings, and many employees tried smart commuting for the first time this month. We also had a handful of employees who took the bus or biked every day throughout the month—impressive!  

 

**Categories were determined based on the RTD service level areas to level out the playing field so that suburban companies were not competing against those in downtown Denver. 

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