U logs more trips than any team in Clear the Air Challenge

Among his many quotable statements in life, the great basketball leader Coach John Wooden said, “Earn the right to be proud and confident.” In the 2020 Clear the Air Challenge, the University of Utah did just that.

The University of Utah logged more trips than any other team participating in this year’s Clear the Air Challenge. The U logged 24,517 trips, which is over 10,000 trips more than any other team. Fidelity Investments edged out the U for first place in CO2 savings, but the university can be very proud of its results. Most importantly, the U team was able to show tremendous growth in comparison to its own results from the 2019 challenge. Here’s what we accomplished together compared to last year:

  • Increase in trips: 83 percent
  • Increase in active participants: 9 percent
  • Increase in miles logged: 2 percent
  • New top university team: U of U Health Commuters

It’s regrettable that we didn’t win the trophy—who doesn’t like big trophies?—but the true victories in life come from taking action and striving to do better. And while the Clear the Air Challenge is a great inspiration, the choices we make related to transportation are a year-long commitment that can help improve our air quality and overall health. Keep up with your efforts to avoid single-occupant vehicle trips. With cleaner air, we all win.

The following transportation resources will help you continue to choose more sustainable options for moving from place to place.

Resources on the web

University of Utah Commuter Services

https://commuterservices.utah.edu/

Your one-stop shops for information on the UTA Ed-Pass, campus shuttle transit system, bicycle regulations, parking permits, and more.

Research Park Connect

https://realestate.utah.edu/research-park/connect/

Visit this site to explore transportation options for Research Park. 

Commuter and Construction Updates

https://attheu.utah.edu/construction/

Check out the Commuter and Construction Updates every Monday in @theU to learn more about sidewalk and road closures and other commuter-related impacts.

Campus Map

map.utah.edu

Visit the university campus map to find walking directions, transit stops, and bicycle parking.

Salt Lake City and County Bikeways Map

https://www.slc.gov/transportation/bike/bikemap/

Pick up a hard copy at the Sustainability Office, Campus Bike Shop, Union front desk, Health Sciences Library, or Marriot Library.

Apps to use

Transit app: App Store & Google Play

Transit is UTA’s officially endorsed app for trip planning. Download the app for UTA bus, TRAX, and FrontRunner arrival times, to receive alerts regarding changes, and to plan trips across the Wasatch Valley.

Ride Systems app: (App Store & Google Play)

Visit the uofubus.com or download the Ride Systems app to track the all university campus shuttle locations live, to find the nearest stop, and to see estimated times of arrival.

TapRide app: (App Store & Google Play)

SafeRide is a university program that provides vehicle rides within university boundaries on weeknights from 6 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. Download the TapRide app to request a SafeRide. 

CommuteTracker app App Store & Google Play

The CommuteTracker au­to­mat­i­cal­ly de­tects your daily travel using your mo­bile de­vice’s built in lo­ca­tion ser­vices, then calculates the positive impact of your travel choices.

Follow on Twitter

Follow these feeds for campus transportation updates, programs and safety alerts.

Commuter Services: @UofUCommuter

U Active Transportation: @GingerCannonU

UTA: @RideUTA