It depends. Each prize drawing is associated with a different campaign. Each campaign has its own criteria for which trip purposes or modes make a user eligible for the prize drawing (providing they did not opt-out of prize drawings). Some campaigns focus on commute trips by any non-drive alone mode (e.g. Wheel Options). Some campaigns focus on a certain mode (e.g. Bike Month). Check our campaign eligibility page for details.
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The Pierce Trips Calendar is a way to track your trips. When you record your trips, you become more aware of your daily transportation choices and patterns. If you are looking for opportunities to use alternative transportation options more often, recording your trips can help you. You will be able to see your personal cost savings, gallons of gasoline saved and how much air pollution you've prevented from being emitted. Plus, you show support for the program and help encourage others to take part. Unless you opt-out when registering, the calendar is also used as the prize entry form for promotions and campaigns. Qualifying trips will be automatically entered into these various promotions. Through these promotions you may win prizes such as gift cards. Pierce Transit, Pierce County, and the City of Tacoma are not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible entries. Entry constitutes permission to use the winner's name and company name for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Pierce Trips. Pierce Trips reserves the right to request a short interview and picture from winners for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Pierce Trips.
The Pierce Trips calendar allows you to log trips made for different purposes: •Work – trips to and from work (work commute) •Work Meeting/Errand – trips between work and another location for work purposes •School – trips to and from school (school commute) •Personal – trips for personal, non-work reasons (appointments, errands, shopping, going to the park, visiting with family and friends, etc.)
When you are logged into the trip calendar, the "Your Stats" banner is located at the top of the Calendar page. You can view your achievements for different periods of time by selecting from the This Month, This Year, All Time, or Custom buttons. The Custom selection allows you to select your own dates for the achievement calculation. You can choose which trip purposes are included in your achievement calculation by using the gear icon.
Yes, as long as it is a method of transportation where the foot is in contact with the ground, it is eligible in the "walking" category. This includes mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers, skateboards, jogging, rollerblading, and non-motorized scooters, as long as the trip replaces a drive-alone vehicle trip. It does not include Segways.
Pierce Trips and partnering organizations will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to the IRS instructions, the organization must submit a Form 1099-MISC for any person receiving over $600 in prizes and awards. Recipients of prizes qualifying for a 1099-MISC must agree to provide the information necessary for the 1099-MISC in order to receive their prize; they should expect to receive their forms in time to file their appropriate tax returns.
A goal of the program is to encourage transportation methods that reduce traffic congestion. Even given the relative size of a motorcycle to a car, they are still a vehicle using our roadways. We believe that the best way to encourage people to use fewer vehicles overall is to encourage walking, biking, ridesharing, or riding the bus or train. Another goal of the program is to reduce air pollution. According to the EPA, current motorcycle engines pollute at a rate 90 times higher per mile than passenger cars or even a large sport utility vehicle. More information on this issue may be found through the Environmental Protection Agency's website. A motorcycle qualifies as a carpool only if more than one person is riding the same cycle.
Power-assisted bicycles qualify as a bicycle. Motorized scooters such as Razor scooters are not included.