This is your go-to page for Cortland County’s Car-Free Challenge! Scroll down for the basic info, resources on how to make your Challenge fun and easy, and detailed rules so you know the ins and outs of what we’re doing!
Way2Go Cortland is your one-stop shop for transportation information in Cortland County. With detailed bus schedules and maps, walking and biking tips, and safety & advocacy information, Way2Go Cortland is the first place you should check for questions and transportation advice! Learn more.
Both HealthyNOW! and Way2Go Cortland are programs of Seven Valleys Health Coalition.
Tips & Events
Bikeology for Adults – September 22nd, 5 PM-6 PM at the YMCA (22 Tompkins Street, Cortland). A free one-hour class sponsored by the Cortland County Health Department to improve safe biking skills. Learn more.
Bonus!! Attend the Bikeology and automatically receive a chance to win a daily prize!
Tip #1: Take the bus. Have you checked the bus schedule to see if you can hop on the bus for part of your commute? Cortland Transit has 7 fixed routes, 4 of which run every 30 minutes. You can track routes 1-4 with an app called SmartTraxx on your smart phone. And did you know that there are several flex routes that operate in rural parts of the County? Find the bus schedule and download the app online at Way2GoCortland.org.
Tip #2: Park & Walk/Ride. Consider parking your car and then taking the last 1/2 mile or so by foot or bus. No matter which direction you come from, there’s a parking lot that you can use. Think Riverside Plaza lot, BOCES/DMV lot, Homer Avenue lot (old P&C), or Cortlandville Crossing/Walmart. Or the parking lots at the City parks. Healthier for you and it will relieve parking congestion in the downtown area, at SUNY, and at the County Office Building.
Tip #3: Car-free grocery shopping. If you are going to go totally car free during the Challenge, then you’ll probably need to change the way you shop for groceries. Think about what’s close to work – Tops? P&C Fresh? Think about stocking up at the Farmers’ Market, or stopping more than once at the store throughout the week. What can you get at Byrne Dairy or other smaller stores that may be closer to home? What is your plan?
Eligibility. If you are 16+ years old and reside, work, or attend school in Cortland County, New York, you are eligible to participate in the Challenge.
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 Cortland County.
Alternatively you may enter by sending or dropping off a 3×5 card with your name, address, e-mail address or phone number, and description of Car-Free daily efforts to Seven Valleys Health Coalition, 10 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045. Paper entries must be received by October 6th, 2016, at 11 AM.
Eligibility for Prizes. You may enter the Challenge and be eligible for prizes by visiting www.carfreechallenge.wordpress.com, and logging your daily efforts there.
Daily Prizes (10 daily gift cards). You must participate at least 4 days out of the 14 days in order to be eligible for a daily prize. Daily winners will be drawn randomly from the previous day’s entries (due by midnight each day) starting on September 26, if eligible.
Grand Prize. You must participate at least 4 days out of the 14 days in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize. All entries eligible for the Grand Prize drawing must be logged before the cut off time of 11:59 PM on October 5th, 2016. The Grand Prize will be drawn on October 7th at 3:00 PM. You need not be present to win. The winner of the drawing will receive a Fitbit (fitness tracker).
Organizers will notify each potential winner by e-mail or phone within 24 hours following the drawings.
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. Four or more days logged by an individual, increases 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 alternatives 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. Employees of Seven Valleys Health Coalition and their family members are ineligible to receive prizes.
Thank you to the following local businesses for donating prizes.