About the Award
Supporting choices for commuters is a win-win. Use of alternative modes of transportation saves commuters money, relieves congestion, improves air quality, benefits health and reduces stress.
To celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation in 2016, NOACA and the City of Cleveland teamed up to present the Commuter Choice Challenge. Our goal was to have Northeast Ohio organizations of all shapes and sizes take action by supporting employee health and more sustainable forms of transportation. Participating organizations were eligible to win great prizes, including our Commuter Choice Awards and recognition at the 2016 Sustainable Cleveland Annual Summit.
2016 Award Winners
- Gold: KeyBank and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
- Silver: Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights and Case Western Reserve University
- Bronze: Squire Patton Boggs, LLP; Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Bike Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and BrownFlynn
In addition to Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, the following organizations also received prizes.
Large Business Grand Prize Winner: KeyBank (Receives private Ride ‘n’ Drive events for employees and private 3-hour bike ride and traffic skills class)
Small Business Winner: BrownFlynn (Receives Fitbits, monthly RTA passes, private tour of the George V. Voinovich Bridge project, bike helmets and t-shirts)
Small Non-Profit Winner: Bike Cleveland ($2,500 grant to spend on sustainable transportation items, such as bike racks, bike fix-it stations, transit passes, electric vehicle charging stations, etc.)
Non-Profit Institutions and Government Winner: Cleveland Museum of Natural History ($3,500 grant to spend on sustainable transportation items, such as bike racks, bike fix-it stations, transit passes, electric vehicle charging stations, etc.)
Examples of award winning actions that encourage employees to use alternative transportation include:
- Providing free or subsidized transit passes to employees
- Offering secure outdoor and indoor parking for bicycles
- Providing showers, changing areas and lockers for bicyclists and pedestrians
- Allowing employees to telecommute and have flexible work schedules
NOACA encourages all employers in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties to apply for a Commuter Choice Award in 2017.
For more information call Amy Stacy at 216-241-2414, ext. 205, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.