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Smart Commute Week

June 5 - June 9

The 23rd Annual Smart Commute Week is June 5th – 9th

Smart Commute Week is an annual celebration held during the first week of June. The week consists of events that promote cycling, walking, taking the bus and carpooling. Free daily breakfasts are hosted at various locations around town for smart commuters. Every year community members challenge each other to a friendly competition known as the Smart Commute Week Challenge.

2016 Smart Commute Week Sponsors

We could not host Smart Commute Week without our amazing sponsors. They provide us the funds, resources and team work we need to keep this program going. For that, we say THANK YOU!

Presenting Sponsor

Marty and Olivia Lagina


 Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

   Networks Northwest logo   Werner-Logo Oryana logo       The Kitchen logo-transparent    BATA logo   Tom's logo

Silver Sponsors

BARC logo copy        TVGTC logo CMYK¨      Ella's-Logo

Disability Network logo-Transparent         Lake Effect  Harvest Logo-Transparent NMC logo Transparent

   Garan Lucow Miller logo

Bronze Sponsors

Platinum Sound Logo-Rectangle Transparent

2016 Smart Commute Week Planning Committee

Mary Moran, TADL
Amanda Woods, Munson
Nicole VanNess, Downtown Development Authority
Christina Winter, Hagerty
Diana Fairbanks, Northwestern Michigan College
Eric Lingaur, BATA
Ashlea Walter, Traverse City State Bank
Kent Wood, TC Chamber
Brian Beauchamp, TART Trails
Kate Lewis, TART Trails

Check Out the Team Rankings Here!

2016 Smart Commute Week Challenge

Start earning points Monday, June 6th through Thursday, June 10th.

  • Team Captains Lunch is Wednesday, June 1st from Noon-1pm at the Traverse Area District Library.
  • Registration closes Friday, June 3rd.
  • Team Divisions: Large (50+), Medium (11-49), Small (2-10), Individual (1)
  • Team size must remain the same all week (you can’t have 20 people on Monday but 16 on Tuesday).
  • You can also get points by parking in a Smart Lot and smart commuting from there.
  • Team captains must log daily scores online.
  • Team captains must log the final score by noon on Thursday, June 9th.
  • Tie breakers will be determined by points totaled from punch cards.
  • A team member must be present at awards ceremony to claim prizes.
  • Don’t forget: Any form of alternative transportation gets you points…and so does showing up to free breakfasts and events!

Participation & Rules Scoreboard Smart Lots  Bike Parking Event Schedule

Incentives, Awards & Prizes
Share and post your smart commute stories and photos on Facebook (#SmartCommuteTC). Be sure to turn in punch cards for a chance to win awesome prizes from local businesses. Trophies made by local artist TJ Carroll will be awarded to challenge teams with the highest scores at the awards ceremony breakfast held at Oryana on Friday, June 10th.

New this year…participating businesses will be offering specials to smart commuters. BLK MRKT, Higher Grounds, both Cuppa Joe locations and Right Brain Brewery will be offering specials for smart commuters. Morsels will be handing out a new morsel to smart commuters called “morsel power to you” and it’s a protein-full morsel with peanut butter, oats, flax seed meal, honey, maple syrup, coconut oil and chocolate chips. Yummy! Harpo’s Coffee Cafe (brand new in TC) will set up a special pot with some cups and a little sign for the challenge so you can stop in and enjoy a cup of joe! Smart commute your way to Ella’s in downtown and receive 20% off one full priced item. When you shop on Saturday, June 11th 10% will be donated to TART!

2016 Smart Commute Week Breakfast Schedule

All breakfasts are scheduled from 7am-9am and are free to all Smart Commuters. You don’t have to take the challenge to join us for breakfast, you just have to smart commute!

Monday, June 6th 
⋅ Pangea’s Pizza Pub, 135 E. Front St, TC 49684

Tuesday, June 7th 
⋅ The Dennos Museum, 1410 College Drive, TC 49686
⋅ Higher Grounds Trading Company, 806 Red Dr, TC 49684

Wednesday, June 8th 
⋅ BATA Transfer Station, 115 Hall Street, TC 49684
⋅ The Kitchen, 1249 Woodmere Avenue #B, TC 49686

Thursday, June 9th 
⋅ Disability Network, 415 E Eighth Street, TC 49686
⋅ Harvest Restaurant, 113 E. State St, TC 49684

Friday, June 10th 
⋅ Oryana, 260 E Tenth Street, TC 49684
This is the final Smart Commute Week Breakfast with the Smart Commute Challenge awards ceremony. Our bike-tastic friends at Norte! will once again provide ample bike parking (delivered via bike)!

2016 Smart Commute Week Events

Wednesday, June 1st 
Event: Team Captains’ Lunch
Location: Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, TC 49686
Time: Noon-1pm

Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th
Event: My Civic Square Pop Up Park
Location: Lot O (by the Cass St Omelette Shoppe)
Time: Varies
Join the City Planning Dept., TC Parking Services & the DDA as we celebrate community & discover what having a civic square in your downtown means to YOU! #MyCivicSquare

Saturday, June 4th 
Event: Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Swap
Location: Old Town Parking Garage, 125 E. Eighth St., TC 49686
Time: 9am-2pm
Sell or buy any fun and funky or plain and practical used bikes at the 5th annual Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Swap. This much anticipated event kicks off Smart Commute Week every year and is the perfect time to become the new owner of a summer cruiser or upgrade your kids’ bikes!

Sunday, June 5th
Event: Cherry Capital Cycling Club Annual Spring Picnic
Location: Vasa Pathway, Bartlett Rd Trailhead
Time: Noon-3pm

Monday, June 6th – Friday, June 10th
Event: Benzie Bus TC Express – One free round trip!
Location: Frankfort to TC

Tuesday, June 7th
Event: Fundraiser at The Filling Station
Location: The Filling Station, 642 Railroad Pl, TC 49686
Time: 5pm-close

Wednesday, June 8th
Event: BATA Try Transit Day: Free BATA Bus Rides In-Town
Location: In-Town BATA Bus routes
Time: 6am-9:30pm

Thursday, June 9th 
Event: 5th Annual TART Fiesta at Red Mesa
Location: Red Mesa Grill, 1544 US 31 N, TC 49686
Time: 6pm-9pm

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