FAQs/Official Rules

Wheel Options Campaign FAQs

General Campaign Facts

Q. Who sponsors Wheel Options campaigns?
The Wheel Options promotion is hosted by the Washington State Ridesharing Organization (WSRO), a non-profit organization for individuals dedicated to encouraging policy makers, employers, and commuters to support the use of alternative transportation modes to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and energy consumption throughout Washington State and the Northwest. More information on WSRO can be found at www.wsro.net.

  • Wheel Options Statewide Promotion
    The Wheel Options statewide promotion is hosted each October and is open to qualified commute participants in Washington state. The statewide campaign is a commute-based contest.
  • Wheel Options Around the Sound Promotions
    In 2014, WSRO in partnership with King County Metro and WSDOT received Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant funding from the Puget Sound Regional Council to conduct a regional rideshare promotions within the PSRC’s three-county boundary (King, Pierce and Snohomish). Around the Sound regional promotions also count non-commute shared and saved trips.

Q. What is the purpose of the Wheel Options campaigns?
The purpose of the Wheel Options campaigns is to reward commuters who are currently using an alternative to drive-alone commuting, entice previous commuters back into their non-drive alone habits, and encourage new users of alternative commutes. It is our belief that commuters sometimes need encouragement to start using an alternative to driving alone, as well as reinforce that their use of a high-occupancy or non-motorized commute modes matters in the overall health of our transportation system in Washington State.

Q. What are the prize eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for a Wheel Options Statewide October prize drawing, participants must:

  • be 18 years or older and work or live in Washington,
  • commute to a paid or volunteer job at a workplace other than a home or commute to school
  • eliminate at least six drive-alone days to and from work during the one-month campaign, and
  • travel by walking, bicycling, driving or riding in a carpool or vanpool, riding a bus or train, walking or bicycling onto a ferry, teleworking (working from home through the arrangements of an employer) or compressing your work schedule (working more hours per day but fewer days per week so that a trip into work is eliminated).

To be eligible for the Wheel Options Around the Sound Promotions, participants must:

  • be 18 years or older and work or live in King, Pierce or Snohomish counties,
  • For the Craft Your Commute Challenge:
    • Monthly Mode Categories include:
      • July: Commute Carbon-Free (bike, walk, telework, compressed work weeks)
      • August: Share the Ride (carpool, vanpool)
      • September: Try Transit (bus, walk-on ferry, commuter rail, light rail)
    • Sign-up to participate in the Craft Your Commute monthly challenge based on the county you work or live in:
      • King or Snohomish County:  Register for or log-into Wheel Option (or partner sites such as Curb the Congestion or Bellevue Downtown on the go) and click the green ‘Join Challenge’ button on your homepage to sign up for the challenge.
        ScreenCaptureJoinChallengeThen log your eligible non-drive alone trips on your calendar throughout the monthly challenge.
      • Pierce County:  Log your eligible non-drive alone trips throughout the monthly challenge on the Pierce Trips calendar.
    • Participants with the most eligible one-way non-drive alone trips tracked for the monthly mode challenge will be eligible to be the Commute Champion and will be asked to complete a nomination form with information about their commute.  Three Commute Champions will be selected in each county (King, Pierce and Snohomish) to receive a reward pack valued at $100 and could be considered to appear in a transit ad in the fall.
    • Participants will be eligible to participate in all three monthly mode challenges as long as they meet the mode requirement in each category.
    • Monthly trips must be logged in RideshareOnline.com (or partner site) or PierceTrips.org by the 7th of the following month to be eligible to receive a nomination form.

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Q. How do I enter to participate in the Wheel Options campaigns?

  • If you have an account with RideshareOnline.com (RSO) or participated in Wheel Options last year, click “log in” and use your RSO registration information to sign in.  Otherwise, click “sign-up” and complete your registration.
  • Once you are registered or logged in and on your home page, click on the green ‘Join Challenge’ button – this will enter you in the challenge.
  • From there you click “Calendar” on the top navigation bar to start logging your trips.
  • Click on your mode of travel on the left of the calendar.
  • Confirm or create your trip details.
  • Click on the days you traveled by that particular commute mode each day.
  • Complete and track days of a Wheel Options commute mode during a campaign month to be on your way to becoming the next Commute Champion.
  • Can’t remember your password? Use the forgot your password link and the system will prompt you to enter your email address and a question associated with your account to email it to you. Still can’t log in or need your password reset? email Rideshare@rideshareonline.com for help.

Q. Do I have to record my commuting behavior all at one time or can I use the entry form more than once?
You can track your commute daily, weekly or all at once the end of the campaign.  We recommend weekly.  Be sure to note that you can only calendar 28 days in the past.

Q. Do I need to use Facebook to be eligible for the prizes?
No.  You do not need to ‘like’ Wheel Options on Facebook to qualify for campaign prize drawings.  However, there are additional prizes for participants that would like to participate in the Facebook element of the promotion – those folks need to ‘like’ the Wheel Options Facebook page and submit a prize drawing entry via the same Facebook site – prize entry link is under the ‘Promos’ tab during the Statewide campaign in October.

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What about certain types of transportation modes?

Q. What if I am driving an electric or hybrid vehicle?
If there is more than one person in the car for the commute, then the all-electric or hybrid vehicle may count as a carpool.  Driving alone in an all-electric/hybrid vehicle may reduce fuel usage and emissions, but does not reduce traffic congestion. Therefore, WSRO does not make all-electric/hybrid use alone eligible for the prize drawing.

Q. Why are motorcycles not included as an alternative mode?
There are a number of reasons for this. First, one of the points of the campaign is to show options that allow for ridesharing.  A motorcycle can qualify as a carpool if more than one person is riding the same cycle.

A second goal of the campaign is to encourage commuting methods that increase roadway capacity.  Even given the relative size of a motorcycle to a car, there is still an issue of the number of vehicles using our state’s roadways. We believe that the best way to encourage people to use fewer vehicles overall is to encourage methods that promote personal or community connections, such as carpooling, biking, or riding the bus or train.

Third, the Wheel Options promotion has been created in large part to support Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act affected employers and worksites and so the Wheel Options eligibility guidelines and definitions mirror those of the CTR Act. The CTR views a motorcycle as a single-occupant vehicle unless it is transporting more than one person; then it is viewed as a carpool.

Q. What if I use a scooter to get to work?
Power-assisted bicycles qualify as a bicycle towards this prize drawing.  Motorized scooters of any type, whether meeting license requirements or not, count towards the campaign only when more than one person is sharing the commute, for the same reasons as listed above for motorcycles.

Q. Are there other types of foot-powered commuting that are eligible under the “walking” category?
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 would therefore include skateboards, jogging, rollerblading, and non-motorized scooters.

Q. How do I record my commuting behavior when I have an alternative working schedule?
There is an option on the calendar for “Telework” for when you work from home and do not make a trip into your worksite on that day. There is also an option for “Compressed Work Day.”  Use this option on your flex day off to indicate the commute was not taken.

Q. I ride my bike to the park & ride to catch my bus to work.  Can I track multiple commute modes on the calendar?
Yes!  When you click on the mode of travel and verify the details of your commute, you can change the “to” and the “from” for your trip.  If you need to add a destination such as a Park & Ride or a different worksite, simply select “Add Address” from the drop-down menu when you confirm your trip.  Once you add the first leg of your trip, click on the second mode that you used, confirm the trip details and click on the same day.

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Q. How do I claim my reward if I am a winner?
Your jurisdiction representative will contact your employee transportation coordinator to arrange for the delivery of your reward. If you do not have an employee transportation coordinator, then your jurisdiction representative will contact you directly.?

Q. Are there any tax consequences for being a prize winner?
WSRO will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to IRS instructions, a Form 1099-MISC is required for any person receiving $600 and over in prizes and awards. For those prizes where there is an issue of what the actual worth of the prize is, the IRS regulations defining the fair market value of a prize will determine whether or not a 1099-MISC is filed. 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. For prizes worth less than $600, it is the recipient’s responsibility to comply with all relevant IRS income reporting guidelines.

Q. If I’ve previously won a prize, am I eligible for this drawing as well?
Yes. There are no restrictions on winners from previous campaigns registering and winning prizes in this campaign, provided they meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Q. Do any of the sponsors receive my contact information? Will WSRO use my information for any other purpose?
Absolutely not. WSRO will not sell, distribute, or otherwise disseminate your information to any third party. Information given by participants, both contact information and commuting information, will be kept confidential.

What are the Official Rules?

Official Rules
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Eligibility
Wheel Options Around the Sound is open only to people who live or work in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Wheel Options statewide promotion is open only to legal residents physically located in Washington state.

Employees of sponsors (defined below) and their subsidiaries, promotion and advertising agencies, immediate family members of any such individuals (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live), or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Only one prize per household.

Schedule
The promotion begins the first of the month and ends at 11:59 the last day of the month for each challenge in July, August, September and October. Monthly trips must be logged in RideshareOnline.com or PierceTrips.org by the 7th of the following month to be eligible to be nominated.

How to enter
No purchase necessary. You are automatically entered once you complete and log six days of non-SOV commutes during the promotional period. Trips are logged at www.rideshareonline.com or on the website of any other participating agency (e.g., www.piercetrips.com or www.mycommute.org). You must submit all required data in order for your entry to be valid. Only one (1) entry per person. Online calendar entries may be entered until 11:59 p.m. PST Monday, Nov.8, 2016.

Rewards
We are crafting together  commuter rewards and will update this portion as soon as we can!

Drawing
Wheel Options statewide prize winners will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries recorded by the end of the entry period.  The random drawing will be conducted by the Wheel Options/WSRO Promotions Advisory Committee, whose decisions are final with respect to all aspects of this promotion. Odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received. If by reason of a printing or other error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these official rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised number of prizes available in the prize category in question.  No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. All decisions of the Sponsors are final.

Conditions of entry
By participating in the promotion, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these official rules, all eligibility requirements and the decisions of the sponsor, including the interpretation of these official rules and its exercise of discretion, which will be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsors, their respective advertising and promotion agencies, and/or any telephone network or service providers are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any web site or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, misdirected, illegible or postage due entries.

Any potential winner may be requested to provide sponsors with proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. In case of dispute as to the identity of a winner who entered online, such entry will be declared made by the registered user of the email account, and if a prize is won, and such registered user is a valid entrant, the prize will be awarded to such registered user.

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