Chemung County

This is your go-to page for Chemung County’s Car-Lite Challenge! Scroll down for the basic info on how to make your Challenge fun and easy. There’s also detailed rules so you know the ins and outs of what we’re doing!

We encourage you to register, log your trips, and be eligible to WIN!
Participating in the Challenge is FUN & EASY!

Questions? Contact us!

Chemung County challenge questions can be directed to Tina Hager at or (607) 737-5560.





Register for carpooling

511NY Southern Tier Rideshare is a FREE resource to help you find carpool partners who live or work in Steuben and Chemung Counties.  When you sign up for ridematching, you’ll join other riders and drivers in a secure database.  Former Car-Lite participants have blogged that riding with someone is more enjoyable than riding alone, especially for a long distance. Save money and improve your commute when you register for carpooling!

How it the Car-Lite Challenge Works

  1. Register. Register any time before or during the challenge! Note that you’ll need to log at least 3 entries (days with car-lite efforts) in order to be eligible for prize drawings.
  2. Log your entries. Every day from 9/22 to 9/29, when you walk, bike, take public transportation, or carpool instead of driving by yourself, log your entry on our website. The first 10 participants will receive a Car-Lite Challenge Goodie Bag. To be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing, you must log at least 3 days of car-lite efforts. The more days you enter, the more likely it is you’ll go home with the grand prize! Keep track of your mileage so we can see how much we’ve achieved as a community.
  3. Spread the word. Check the blog for tips & spread the word about what you (and all of us) are doing to enrich the community. Walking, biking, busing, and carpooling are all eco-friendly alternatives to driving alone. Plus, they’re oodles more fun. So find a buddy and walk, bike, or ride together!
  4. Celebrate! We will be updating the website with the names of the prize winners. You won’t want to miss out on the fun.


Tip #1: Take the bus. Have you checked the bus schedule to see if you can hop on the bus for part of your commute? C TRAN has 8 local routes and 3 commuter routes that go to and from the cities of Corning, Ithaca, and Owego!

Tip #2: Park & Walk/Ride. Consider parking your car and then commuting the rest of the way by walking, riding the bus, or carpooling. There are park & ride lots along Route 13 and Interstate 86 (at Lowman and on East Water Street in the City of Elmira).

Tip #3: Car-lite grocery shopping. If you are going to go car-lite during the Challenge, then you’ll probably want to think about the way you shop for groceries. Think about what’s close to work – Wegmans? Save A Lot? Aldi? Weis? Think about stocking up on fresh foods at the Wisner Market or other Farmers’ Markets. What can you get at Byrne Dairy or other smaller stores that may be closer to home? What is your plan?


The Car-Free Challenge is a partnership encouraging our residents to reconsider the single person car trip and think about walking, biking, carpooling, or taking the bus.The Car-Free Challenge is supported by many partners working with the Elmira Chemung Transportation Council including 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare; C TRAN; and Chemung County Coordinated Transportation Committee members.


Eligibility. If you reside, work, or attend school in Chemung County, New York, you are eligible to participate in the Challenge. You must participate at least 3 days out of 8 days in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing.

Timeframe. The Car Free Challenge will run from September 22 until September 29, 2017.

Registration. Once registration is open, you can register at any time before or during the Challenge. Make sure to select Chemung County.

Eligibility for Prizes. You may enter the Challenge and be eligible for prizes by visiting and logging your daily efforts there.

All entries eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing must be logged before the cut off time of 11:59 PM on September 30, 2017.  You must participate at least 3 days out of 8 days in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing.

Alternatively you may enter by sending or dropping off a 3×5 card with your name, address, email address or phone number, and description of Car-Free daily efforts to:

Chemung County Planning Department, 2nd Floor
400 East Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Paper entries must be received by October 2nd, 2017.

Grand Prize. The Grand Prize will be a Fitbit Charge 2. One grand prize will be drawn randomly from each blog submitted. Organizers will notify each potential winner by e-mail or phone within 5 days following the drawing.

Odds of Winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible people participating in the Challenge. Each day logged with Car-Lite efforts counts as an entry. The more days logged by an individual, the greater the odds of winning a prize. Limit one log per day per participant.

Restrictions. Prizes are nonrefundable. The prizes may not be replaceable if lost, damaged or stolen.  Sponsor is not required to (but may at its sole discretion) offer any substitutions, cash redemptions, or alternative to prizes awarded under this Contest. All prizes awarded are subject to the restrictions and limitations noted in these Official Rules, on the prizes and/or included with the prizes.