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May in Motion Celebrates Alternative Transit Options

One May in Motion 'funniest commute' winner is pushed across campus in a child's bike stroller by the other.
Thomas Atkins is pushed across campus in a Burley bike stroller by Brian Martin during May in Motion 2016.

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, summer is approaching fast and it is a great time to explore alternative transportation options for commuting. Boise State is once again participating in May in Motion, which gives employees a chance receive public recognition for a commitment to smarter commuting. In an effort to promote sustainable transportation options, employees are eligible to win prizes when they log their commutes by bicycle, on foot, on the bus, in a carpool or any other alternative commuting method.

The entire Boise State campus will participate as one team, and using an alternate commuting method as few as four times in May will qualify. All students, faculty and staff participating in May in Motion must log their commutes online at Share The Ride Idaho no later than Friday, May 31. All trips logged will automatically count toward the Boise State team’s efforts and participants will be entered for program prizes.

The Ada County Highway District Commuteride has added $25.00 gift card prizes for those who share a picture of their commute online. Entries will be put into a drawing and picked weekly. Enter pictures via Facebook or Instagram here: or

The Share the Ride Idaho website (and app) work like a Google form, saving daily commutes in the system and calculating calories burned and CO2 emissions saved through an alternative commute. As an added bonus, this platform can help individuals find a carpool to join or bicycling buddies to ride with.

In addition, the form automatically enters participants into May in Motion and makes them eligible for year-round prizes. Additional competitions will be announced weekly throughout the May in Motion campaign. Categories will include Best Dressed Commuter, Funniest Commuter and most Creative Commute.

Not only does getting out of single-occupancy vehicles save money, it helps the environment. More than 80 percent of Treasure Valley commuters drive a car to work and most drive alone. With more than 350,000 commuters in the valley, this leads to unwanted congestion and pollutants.