reThink and Volusia County Government came together to launch the first Volusia County Commute Challenge in February 2016, utilizing a customized website to log the trips! Volusia County employees were encouraged to pump up their bike tires, pull out a transit schedule (Votran or SunRail), put on a pair of comfortable shoes or clear out passenger seats!

The challenge was simple – every time an employee made a journey to and from work, they logged the trips on a website while earning points.

This was the 5th Volusia County Commute Challenge, however, it was the first to utilize a customized website for employees to easily log trips.  During the Commute Challenge, employees registered and logged their commute to earn points, badges and win prizes.

Commuter spotlight

Our Commute Challenge correspondent caught up with Mr. John Stockham, one of our “Super Commuters.”

John has been commuting from Lake Mary to DeLand since 2006. He and his wife moved to the Lake Mary area to split the distance between his job located in DeLand and hers located in Downtown Orlando.

Commute Challenge Correspondent:  Describe your typical commute. How long have you been commuting this way?

John:  The Lake Mary station for SunRail is only about ten minutes from my home. I use the SunRail train and the Votran bus to complete my commute. I’ve been periodically riding since the first day of paid service which began in May of 2014.

Commute Challenge Correspondent:  What do you like most about your commute?

John:  I enjoy the flexibility about my commute, including doing errands on the way home. I leave early in the morning so that I can make it to the office at about quarter-until 8:00 a.m. so that I have time to settle in before starting my work day. I usually exercise at our wellness center during lunch and then stay until about 5:30 to make up for the workout time.

Commute Challenge Correspondent:  What piece of advice would you give someone who is exploring various commute options?

John:  Pick the days of the week that will work best for you so that you can take advantage of mass transit, but still keep a flexible schedule to suit both your employer and you.

Commute Challenge Correspondent:  John, thank you so much for reThinking your commute and better still, thank you for sharing your story.

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