chemung-contact-cardChemung County is pleased to support the 2016 Car-Free Challenge. When you drive less, everyone wins. We encourage you to register, log your trips, and be eligible to WIN PRIZES!

Scroll down for the basic info and detailed rules so you know the ins and outs of what we’re doing!

Participating in the Challenge is FUN & EASY!





Register for carpooling

511NY Southern Tier Rideshare is a FREE resource to help you find carpool partners who live or work in Steuben and Chemung Counties.  When you sign up for ridematching, you’ll join other riders and drivers in a secure database.  Not only will you save money, you’ll also be eligible to enter a raffle to WIN a $25 grocery gift card when you register for carpooling.  

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Car-Free Challenge fans are invited to attend a celebratory wrap-up at the end of the Challenge. The celebration will be held October 11, 2016 at CCC’s Elmira campus during the Chemung County Coordinated Transportation Committee meeting 10am.

The Car-Free Challenge is a perfect partnership encouraging our residents to reconsider the single person car trip and think about walking, biking, carpooling, or taking the bus.

The Car-Free Challenge is supported by many partners working with the Elmira Chemung Transportation Council including 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare; C TRAN; and the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, The ARC of Chemung, Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung County, and Capabilities.


Eligibility. If you reside, work, or attend school in Chemung County, New York, you are eligible to participate in the Challenge. You must participate at least 3 days out of 14 days in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing.

Timeframe.The Car Free Challenge will run from September 22 until October 5, 2016.

Registration. Once registration is open, you can register at any time before or during the Challenge.  Make sure to select Chemung County.

Eligibility for Prizes. You may enter the Challenge and be eligible for prizes by visiting and logging your daily efforts there.

All entries eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing must be logged before the cut off time of 11:59 PM on October 5th, 2016.  You must participate at least 3 days out of 14 days in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing. Daily winners of $20 gift cards will be drawn from the previous day’s entries (due by midnight each day).

Alternatively you may enter by sending or dropping off a 3×5 card with your name, address, email address or phone number, and description of Car-Free daily efforts to ECTC, Chemung County Planning Department, 2nd Floor, 400 East Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901.  Paper entries must be received by October 6, 2016.

Daily Prizes. 14 daily gift cards worth $20 each.  Grand Prize will be awarded at the Grand Prize Drawing on October 11th, 2016.

Grand Prize. One grand prize will be drawn – a Fit Bit Activity Tracker!

Prize Drawings. A random drawing will be held approximately 1 business day after the close of the each day’s entries to select daily winners. A random drawing will also be held on October 5th, 2015 to determine the winner of the Grand Prize. Organizers will notify each potential winner by e-mail or phone within 24 hours following the drawing.

Odds of Winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people participating in the Challenge. Each day logged with Car-Free efforts counts as an entry. The more days logged by an individual, the greater the odds of winning a prize. Limit one log per day per participant.

Restrictions. Prizes are nonrefundable. The prizes may not be replaceable if lost, damaged or stolen.  Sponsor is not required to (but may at its sole discretion) offer any substitutions, cash redemptions, or alternative to prizes awarded under this Contest. All prizes awarded are subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prizes and/or included with the prizes.


Thank you to the following local businesses for donating prizes.

Chemung - Main Street Cafe Logo Chemung - Turtle Leaf Cafe Logo Chemung - Save a Lot Logo

Chemung Hill Top Inn Logo Chemung - Central Hots and Ice Cream Logo Chemung - Hesselson's Sporting Goods LogoChemung - Vincenzo's Pizzeria Logo

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2 thoughts on “CHEMUNG COUNTY

  1. I’m in the “expert” category–I don’t even HAVE a car and i travel between two or more counties daily by bus and occasional carpool to meetings. I would love to see some more support for the rural counties near where I grew up. They do not currently have access to connecting modes of transport.


  2. Will there be some statistics for the entire event posted? It’s a shame that our transit in Chemung County is really designed for the disabled. The stops and run times are poorly laid out for people who work regular jobs in the area. I could walk to Big Flats more quickly than I could get there by the CTRAN route. I ride my bicycle to Big Flats 3 our of 5 work days a week and do it in a 1/3 the time. Missed out on the end of the event because of a cold, would have taken the bus but it was pointless. I need routes and timetables that are for more than getting around downtown, social service centers and hospitals. The odd fair is another thing that stinks. Having a hard ticket that could be bought at a rate better than 1:1 against the cash fair would be nice. Having a reusable, re-loadable, weekly, monthly, yearly card would be nice for fairs again at a better rate for buying in bulk. Having a zoned rate plan based on zip code or ward might even be a good idea. Advertisement of the system a little might not hurt either. As for bicycling, I’ve never ridden in traffic in a time when drivers were less concerned about their own safety or the safety of others around them. The region seems devoid of empathy and enforcement of speed is non existent. On a recent visit to Montpelier, VT a busy little town during the morning and evening rush when you stand near a crossing traffic stops. You have to be cognizant of your body language on the sidewalk because the drivers are watching attentively to the point that you can inadvertently stop traffic! I’m just looking for some middle ground here and with respect to Chemung County motoring traffic, it’s failing all the basics of the NYS DMV driver exam on a daily basis.


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