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Smart Commute Week

June 5 - June 9

Register Your 2017 Team Here!

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. Registration is FREE!

2017 Smart Commute Week Challenge

Start earning points Monday, June 5th through Thursday, June 8th.

  • Team Captains Lunch is Wednesday, May 31st from Noon-1pm at the Traverse Area District Library – McGuire Room.
  • Registration closes Friday, June 2nd.
  • 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 8th.
  • 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

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 9th.

2017 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 5th — Kick off Breakfast!
North Peak Brewing Company, 400 W Front St, TC 49684

Tuesday, June 6th 
Grand Traverse Pavilions, 1000 Pavilions Circle, TC 49684
The Dennos Museum at NMC, 1410 College Dr, TC 49686

Wednesday, June 7th 
⋅ BATA, Hall St Transfer Station, 115 Hall St, TC 49684

Thursday, June 8th 
Harvest, 113 E State St, TC 49684

Friday, June 9th 
Oryana, 260 E Tenth Street, TC 49684
This is the final Smart Commute Week Breakfast with the Smart Commute Challenge awards ceremony.

2017 Smart Commute Week Events

More to be announced…

Wednesday, May 31st 
Event: Team Captains’ Lunch
Location: Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, TC 49686 (McGuire Room)
Time: Noon-1pm

Saturday, June 3rd 
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 7th 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 4th
Event: Cherry Capital Cycling Club Annual Spring Picnic
Location: Vasa Pathway, Bartlett Rd Trailhead
Time: Noon-3pm
There will be group road and mountain bike rides beginning at 9:30 am and picnic at noon. The club will provide a fabulous picnic lunch and vendors are welcome! Let’s celebrate the kick-off of Smart Commute Week and make this a truly exciting cycling event for our community.

Tuesday, June 6th
Event: Happy Hour at The Shed Beer Garden
Location: 423 S Union St, TC 49686

Wednesday, June 7th
Event: BATA Try Transit Day: Free BATA Bus Rides In-Town
Location: In-Town BATA Bus routes
Time: 6am-9:30pm

Thursday, June 8th
Event: TART Fiesta at Red Mesa Grill
Location: 1544 US 31, TC 49686
Time: 6-9pm
Please join us for an evening celebration at Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City. A fundraiser on the patio, fajita bar, margaritas and live music. Smart Commute along the TART Trail east to get there!

2017 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

 Platinum Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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2017 Smart Commute Week Planning Committee

Mary Moran, TADL
Amanda Woods, Munson
Nicole VanNess, Downtown Development Authority
Ben Miller, Hagerty
Meg Young, Northwestern Michigan College
Eric Lingaur, BATA
Tyler Bevier, BATA
Ashlea Walter, Traverse City State Bank & Norte!
Kent Wood, TC Chamber
Stephanie Mathewson, Oryana
Tad Erickson, Networks Northwest
Kate Lewis, TART Trails

Need some inspiration? Check out this little ditty from M’Lynn Hartwell at Freshwater Events….


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