The Conquer the Cold Challenge will launch on Jan. 1! Learn more at https://commutesmartseacoast.org/conquer. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!
Part of the Conquer the Cold Commuter Challenge is a photo scavenger hunt to find Betti the Yeti. She’s s been making the rounds in the Seacoast –hiding out in the Dover Library, One Washington Place mill, and Colonial Bicycle Company. Those smart commuters who found her were rewarded with a fun yeti beanie!
Pictured above: Ned Savoie and Jeff Whiteman (Harbour Light), Eric Eby (Portsmouth DPW), Lars Anderson (Loftware), Amy Broman and Cora Paradiso (HubSpot), Chuck McMahon (Vital), Sean Daigneault (Weather Analytics)
Most Sustainable Trips
Harbour Light Strategic Marketing (small sized company)
Weather Analytics (medium)
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (major)
Most Social Media Buzz – Vital
Most Improved Team – HubSpot
Most Team Spirit – HubSpot
Bike Only Challenge Winners
Harbour Lights Strategic Marketing – small
Oak Point Associates – medium
Portsmouth Dept. of Public Works – large
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – major
For more images, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or search #CommuteToWin!
Team HubSpot transit rider. Team Weather Analytics carpool!
Colleen and Tom Jarvela (Teams Lonza and IAPP) and others celebrate at the Challenge Kick off party at the Portsmouth Brewery.
Welcome back to the 24 returning teams from last year!!
And a hearty welcome to the new teams!!
Twelve bikers, walkers or transit riders have logged over 46 trips to earn the Abominable Snowman level of smart commuting! Looks like at least 10 more will achieve the same before the Conquer the Cold Challenge is over. Great job folks!! Thanks so much for participating!!
Haven’t found Yeti yet? Still lots of opportunities to take a selfie with our mascot and win a prize!
Dec. 7-9 – Lobby of a downtown Portsmouth office building. Hint: If you can see Gilley’s or RiverRun Bookstore, you’re very close.
Dec. 9 – 16th – Check out a Portsmouth bike shop with unique street sign including a bike wheel.
Dec. 17th – 23 – Yeti loves being in bike shops! Now he’s in a N. Hampton shop that’s been around since 1971!
A gift card will be given for the best photo in each location! Submit yours to info@commuteSMARTseacoast.org.
Yeti is now “Scarf”! This name received 76% of the votes in last week’s survey. Well done Kim Lovering Willoughby from Heinemann Publishing who penned this name.
We’ve opened this challenge up to any bike, bus, or walking trip (e.g. errands, shopping, etc) not just your commute to work. Feel free to go back and log trips from Nov. 1st. Let’s celebrate moving our bodies in brisk weather instead of sitting in our cars!
Yeti needs a name!! If you’ve got one, please post to Facebook or Twitter using #NameYeti and #ConquerTheCold. If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can post to the CommuteSMART Facebook page.
The name with the most likes wins!!
Can you find Yeti, the abominable snowman and mascot of Conquer the Cold Challenge? The seven foot cardboard figure will be visiting various Portsmouth area businesses during November. Take a selfie with Yeti, post to #ConquerTheCold and #FindYeti on social media and forward a copy to info@commuteSMARTseacoast. The best photo wins a gift certificate!
Here’s Yeti’s November schedule and hints:
Nov. 9th -14th Portsmouth’s oldest community bank
Nov. 15th – 19th The only French pastry shop in Portsmouth
Nov. 23rd -26th Newington store with quality outdoor clothing and equipment
Nov. 27th – Dec. 2 After visiting this Portsmouth bike shop, you could get a massage, send a package, or eat Mexican
Yeti is our fun, cute/scary mascot for the upcoming “Conquer the Cold” commuter challenge. We will have a contest to #NameYeti, as well as #FindYeti as the seven foot cardboard Yeti visits Portsmouth businesses! There will even be live Yeti appearances. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!
Team captains from Loftware, IAPP, Timberland, Heinemann Publishing, Hubspot, and Bowst show off their new trophies!
Here is the complete list of 2016 Challenge winners. Congratulations on a great job done by all!!
Most Sustainable trips – by size
Bowst – small
Hubspot – medium
Loftware – large
LTC Partners – major
Most team Spirit – Hubspot
Most Social Media Buzz – Heinemann Publishing
Most Improved Team – Heinemann Publishing
Most New Smart Commuters: by size category
Strafford Regional Planning – small
IAPP – medium
Sun Life Financial – large
Timberland – major
The fun continues as smart commuters throughout the Seacoast carpool, bike, telework, or ride the bus to work!
Carpooler Melissa Huebner from Team Newmarket won a gift certificate from Black Birch. Yum.
Walking to work at Heinemann on a gorgeous morning!
Carpooling to Loftware is always fun!
Just in case anyone forgets, it’s COMMUTER CHALLENGE time at Bowst.
433 smart commuters have logged trip so far!! Yippee!
Here are some fun photos from yesterday.
Colin Lentz from Team Strafford Regional Planning Commission won the daily raffle – a table for 4 from Prescott Arts Festival!
333 smart commuters registered! Here are some photos from yesterday.
In a field of 12 participating companies, the winners of the most sustainable bike or walk trips to work are:
Team Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – major employer category
Lonza – large employer category
Vital Design – medium employer category
Papa Wheelies Bicycle Shop – small employer category
Happy faces and awards for commuting smart!
Back row left to right: Buster Miller, Lonza; Lars Anderson, Loftware; Julie Mortlock, LTC Partners; Bruce Anderson, Newmarket an Amadeus Company. Front row left to right: Kirsten Howard, NHDES; Patti Boumil, IPSUMM.
Most Sustainable Trips Award (by company size): Tie between IMPSUMM and Loftware (small); Newmarket (medium); LTC Partners (large)
Most Social Media Buzz: Loftware
Most Team Spirit: Loftware
Most Improved Team: Newmarket an Amadeus Company
Most New Smart Commuters: IPSUMM (1st place); Lonza (2nd place); NH Dept. Environmental Services (3rd place)
Great job to all commuters who chose to carpool, bike, take the bus, or telework during the Challenge instead of driving alone!!
“This started as a team event and took off from there. Riding my bike in the morning has been fun, especially with the cooler weather.”
Marty Kusmaul, Operations Manager for IPSUMM, won the $20 gift card to Beach Pea Bakery. Ymmmm…and he’s going to share the goodies with his teammates!
Just some friendly
#peasechallenge greetings! @LoftwareInc @IPSUMMInc May the best team win!
Keeping an eye on the
#peasechallenge leaderboard while waiting for my new iPhone. #workfromhome Go @LoftwareInc !
“Bicycling is a fabulously positive way to start and end my workday. My ride in energizes me to do my job at the airport and makes me feel more productive and my ride home helps me unwind and decompress.”
Wayne Merritt from Pease Development Authority won a $25 gift certificate from Paddy’s! As you can tell, Wayne likes to bike commute.
Diamond Hll Rd in Lebanon/Berwick Maine. Heck of a commute home.
#peasechallenge #loftware https://instagram.com/p/8ByYvBLTN6/
Yesterday All of
#loftware decided to walk home for the #peasechallenge. nothing to do with burnt popcorn/fire alarm @commuteSMART2 balloons all over the office! #nhdes #PeaseChallenge
#peasechallenge for #LTCPARTNERS thanks to one of my bffs who works at the mall
“This Challenge showed me how easy carpooling can be. I really admire people who do it everyday.”
Kasi Hansen from Newmarket International won a $20 gift card to Block Six donated by 3S Artspace. She has been carpooling with several work colleagues who live near her and work in her section at Newmarket. How easy is that?!
Lars and I were reunited for the 2015
#peasechallenge #loftware https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hii5pgZNkDw … @commuteSMART2 balloons all over the office! #nhdes #PeaseChallenge
Finally my “Bridge Shot” on my normal commute home. Gotta put a layer on.
#peasechallenge #loftware https://instagram.com/p/7_T9egrTOo/
This bike is bringing business to downtown Portsmouth this morning.
#PeaseChallenge #lonza @portschamber
#peasechallenge for #LTCPARTNERS thanks to one of my bffs who works at the mall
@commuteSMART2 #PeaseChallenge production – CEO Chauffeur http://hubs.ly/H01c2270
Loftware employees are participating in the Commute Smart Challenge again!!! Check out the latest pictures from today’s carpools! #PeaseChallenge #Loftware
“I ride my bicycle to work to get exercise as part of the day. Also less wear and tear on my car and gas usage. Thanks to all the people who built the new Pease bike path…it changed my safe route from 18 to 6 miles!”
Kevin Lucey from NH Dept. of Environmental Services won the movie gift card donated by The Music Hall.
“I carpool to save money, commute with friends, its good for the environment….and I get a gift!”
Kesav Reddy carpools with colleagues from N. Andover to Lonza and intends to continue after the Challenge. He won the $25 gift card donated by Redhook.
“I bicycle to work because it’s nice to get some sun and good air. And it helps with stress.” Rick Bodwell
Team Loftware employee Rick Bodwell enjoyed cycling from Dover to Pease every day during the first week of the Challenge. He won a $25 gift card donated by Papa Wheelies.
One of our employees, Marc, took some great pictures of the sunrise during his bike ride into work this morning! #peasechallenge #Loftware
“We live in the same area, work in the same company, on a budget…WHY NOT carpool?” Jill Price
Winner of a $20 gift card from Lil’s Cafe, Jill Price carpools with a colleague from LTC Partners.
Picked up my veggie CSA in my snazzy
@commuteSMART2 bag on my bike commute home last night @NHDES #PeaseChallenge
One guy wouldn’t join
#peasechallenge. He CLAIMS there’s no one to carpool with. Yeah. Sure. #mustang @commuteSMART2
“Why wouldn’t you carpool?! Saves money, saves time, saves gas.” Catherine Allen
Catherine Allen with IAPP Team Captain Matt McNeil.
Catherine, who has been carpooling from South Berwick all week, was the winner of a $20 gift card to Street!
Loftware @LoftwareInc 19h19 hours ago
Keep your eyes on the road when carpooling #peasechallenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEse8VrpJmk …
Christopher Wright added 3 new photos — with Jen Murphy. #Lonza
Another wheel this a.m. for the Pease Commuter Challenge. #peasechallenge
Roland Carter Jr. @rolandcarter 22h22 hours ago
Looking at all the #peasechallenge tweets. Don’t tell my boss at #ipsumm … I’m supposed to be working.
Akshay Phulgirkar @phulgirkarAM Sep 16
I reached early at work ! Less traffic at Pease… Maybe everyone is doing the Pease challenge.. #PeaseChallenge #Lonza
“I carpool or take the bus because it’s good for the environment. This Challenge is great…I always want to commute smart and this gives me the spark to actually do it!”
Sharon Cronin, Director of the Center for Academic Planning and Support for Great Bay Community College, won a $20 gift card from Me and Ollies.
Ship in the harbor this morning (it was there yesterday, I didn’t stop)
#peasechallenge #loftware https://instagram.com/p/7plRmiLTMi/
Some walk, some bike, some run, & some ride for the
#peaschallenge, and some #fly! #IPSUMM @IPSUMMInc #commutesmart #IPSUMM is currently on top of the #peasechallenge … Do robots count as a carpool passenger?
7 New team
#Lonza registrants since this morning, and we’ve also taken the lead as of 2:45 pm for large employer!!! #PeaseChallenge
Kicking off the
#peasechallenge with a new video, #loftware
19 turkeys seen on bicycle ride to work!
Ten companies and 213 commuters so far have signed up for the Pease B2B Commuter Challenge! And what a perfect day for the bicycle commuters.