Cortland County

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

How it Works

  1. Register. Register any time before or during the challenge! Note that you’ll need to log at least 4 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 20 participants to log a single trip will receive a goody bag. You’ll need to log at least 4 entries (days of car-lite efforts) to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing. 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.

Questions? Contact us!

Cortland County challenge questions can be directed to Ann Hotchkin at or (607) 756-4198 ext. 225






Way2Go Cortland is your one-stop shop for transportation information in Cortland County. With detailed bus schedules and maps, walking and biking tips, and safety & advocacy information, Way2Go Cortland is the first place you should check for questions and transportation advice! Learn more. 


HealthyNOW! Cortland County strives to make hiking, biking, walking, and other healthful activities and resources available to the Cortland community. Learn more.

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Both HealthyNOW! and Way2Go Cortland are programs of Seven Valleys Health Coalition.


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? Cortland Transit has 7 fixed routes, 4 of which run every 30 minutes. You can track routes 1-4 with an app called SmartTraxx on your smart phone. Find the bus schedule and download the app online at And did you know that there are several flex routes that operate in rural parts of the County?

Tip #2: Park & Walk/Ride. Consider parking your car and then taking the last 1/2 mile or so by foot or bus. No matter which direction you come from, there’s a parking lot that you can use. Think Riverside Plaza lot, BOCES/DMV lot, Homer Avenue lot (old P&C), or Cortlandville Crossing/Walmart. Or the parking lots at the City parks. Healthier for you and it will relieve parking congestion in the downtown area, at SUNY, and at the County Office Building.

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 – Tops? P&C Fresh? Think about stocking up at the Farmers’ Market, or stopping more than once at the store throughout the week. What can you get at Byrne Dairy or other smaller stores that may be closer to home? What is your plan?


Eligibility. If you are 16+ years old and reside, work, or attend school in Cortland County, New York, you are eligible to participate in the Challenge.

Timeframe. The Car-Lite 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 Cortland County.

Alternatively you may enter by sending or dropping off a 3×5 card with your name, address, e-mail address or phone number, and description of Car-Lite daily efforts to Seven Valleys Health Coalition, 10 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045. Paper entries must be received by October 3rd, 2017, at 11 AM.

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

Goody BagsYou must participate at least once out of the 8 days in order to be eligible for a goody bag. The bags will be given on a first-come, first served basis. 

Grand Prize. You must participate at least 4 days out of the 8 days in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize. All entries eligible for the Grand Prize drawing must be logged before the cut off time of 11 AM on October 3rd, 2017. The Grand Prize will be drawn in mid-October. You need not be present to win. The winner of the drawing will have the option to select a prize with a wellness component, e.g. walking sneakers, grocery card, FitBit, bicycle, with the amount not to exceed $200. Organizers will notify the winner by email or phone.

Odds of Winning. Odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible people participating in the Challenge. Each day logged with Car-Lite efforts starting with 4 entries counts as an entry. Each additional day logged by an individual, up to 8 days total, increases the odds of winning a prize. Limit one log per day per participant. Goody bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served bases to the first 20 participants to log a trip.

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 alternatives 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. Employees of Seven Valleys Health Coalition and their family members are ineligible to receive prizes.