Seriously guys, Zifty?

ckdake's picture

So this month instead of the B&N gift cart, the Midtown Transportation Alliance gave people who logged over 15 commutes by walking or biking a $15 zifty.com credit. That's right, for your hard work to save the environment by not using a car, you get $15 to order a burrito that some guy/gal will _drive_ to pick up and _drive_ to your house. Ugh. I don't get it. I emailed them. I suggest that if you participate in the program, you do the same thing.

gong's picture

lollin @ dis

lollin @ dis

Gaidig's picture

Ridiculous! Downtown is

Ridiculous! Downtown is giving Foot Locker certs specifically for bikers & walkers now, which is much cooler.

The very "cool" Foot Locker

Let's see.... first Foot Locker waits for the shoes to come out of the sweat shops in China and they are brought to the docks by "emissions safe" trucks, then on to the States by huge cargo boats, then from there put on earth friendly trains, then on to 18 wheelers to distribution centers, then by truck again to stores. Where minimum wage emplyees will help you out. Yeah...Foot Locker not only looks out for the environment, but their workers too. So much "cooler" than a local company who pays well and donates cash to environmentally friendly organizations.

Dfunk's picture

The very "cool" [insert name of local bike shop here]

The objection was not against the business practices of the company for whom a gift cert was being offered. The objection was against the service/merchandise being offered and its quality as an incentive. Business ethics aside, doesn't it make sense that people who commute and do errands under their own power would rather have a discount on shoes than a automobile-based delivery service?

You know, you could've substituted Intown Bikes, Outback, Skate Escape, Performance or just about any other seller of mass-produced bicycles in your discussion of the supply chain. So maybe you don't shop at Foot Locker, but where did you get your bike? It's been talked about on FM before. There's a certain amount of hypocrisy inherent in cycle commuting for environmental reasons in a first world country because of the nature of the supply chain. It sucks, but it's not exactly easy to change.

gabriel's picture

Another way to look at it...

Wouldn't zifty make it more convenient for a person to live car-free? It's like Flexcar. If that convenience makes it easier for someone to give up their car entirely, then Zifty is promoting alternative transportation, even though it's using four wheels and an engine to do so.

ckdake's picture

It does and zifty is a good

It does and zifty is a good thing for allowing people to live car free, it's just a poor choice to reward someone for not using their car.

snot rocket's picture

is there seperate systems

is there seperate systems for both midtown and downtown? i'd probably enter both if i could.

Tacit's picture

Ditto

Ditto

gabriel's picture

also

if you're going to work you are a commuter.
if you're going to school you are not a commuter.

but, if you go to achool then work, you are a commuter.

Don't ask me why - it's a fed guideline.

???

what if you get paid to go to school?

gabriel's picture

well I would call that working

I worked my ass off in grad school

Alex's picture

That means you are poor.

That means you are poor.

gabriel's picture

There are separate systems

You can only be in one - depends where you work.

snot rocket's picture

i work....uhh....everywhere.

i work....uhh....everywhere.

thebenreilly's picture

wtf are we talking about and

wtf are we talking about and how can i get involved? i want free stuff for riding my bike!

Clean Air Campaign

www.commuterrewards.com

Sign up for Commuter Prizes. Log your commute. Be entered for a $25 Visa gift card every month. And, apparently, the Midtown TMA gives out B&N or Zifty gift cards (something not related to CAC, but monitored through the CAC system).

Questions?

Gaidig's picture

Sometimes you can win $100

Sometimes you can win $100 for Downtown.

Jeff's picture

Have you ever won anything?

Nada here.

IndyFan's picture

I won a $ 10 Foot Locker

I won a $ 10 Foot Locker gift certificate for logging at least 15 bike commutes last month. Thank you, CAP!

do you know if this 15 days

do you know if this 15 days of bike commutes, or 15 trips? (just curious since they count 2 trips per day, which can potentially be different)

IndyFan's picture

Looks like 15 days to

Looks like 15 days to qualify for an automatic gift certificate...walk or cycle.

gabriel's picture

That's a regionwide program that is distributed locally

You have to do more gooder than the others folks

snot rocket's picture

old thread but i figure i'd

old thread but i figure i'd spread the news:
Those Barnes and Noble gift certs are combinable. During online checkout you can enter three of them. Then you choose "pay by phone" and complete your order "i.e. submit order". Then after about 20 minutes you get a normal checkout email but w/ a phone number to call to actually complete payment. Then on the phone you enter the rest of your gift certs. I just bought a shit ton of xmas presents just for riding my bike!