Earn rewards for taking sustainable transportation on Ozone Action Alert days

On Ozone Action Alert days, use sustainable transportation, such as public transit, biking, or carpooling to keep our air in the Kansas City region clean.

Anyone who logs a sustainable trip on the WAY TO GO app once an Ozone Action Alert day has been announced is automatically entered to win a gift card in a drawing (up to a $100 value). 

How it Works

  1. Register an account on the WAY TO GO app at my.waytogokc.org, iPhone or Android.

     

  2. Log your sustainable trips on the WAY TO GO app on Ozone Action Alert days. Trips logged after an Ozone Action Alert is announced and through the following day (day of alert) are eligible for the drawings.

  3. WAY TO GO will randomly select winners among eligible trip loggers.

What is an Ozone Action Alert?

The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) issues an Ozone Action Alert for the Kansas City region when the daily ozone forecast (SkyCast) predicts unhealthy concentrations of ozone pollution for the following day. Unhealthy concentrations of ozone are considered to be orange or greater on the Air Quality Index (AQI).

Is it Safe to bike or Walk During an Ozone Action Alert?

The extent of exposure to ozone depends upon the concentration of ozone in the air, the amount of time spent outside, how hard someone is breathing from exertion and whether they have any underlying medical conditions affecting their heart or breathing.

Research has shown that in most cases the health benefits from riding a bike outweigh the impact of ozone pollution. The EPA provides the following guidance:

  • When the AQI is above 100 (orange and above), sensitive populations including older adults, children, people with chronic illnesses or respiratory challenges should limit outdoor activity to reduce their exposure.
  • When the AQI is above 150 (red and above), everyone may begin to experience health effects. Sensitive populations should avoid outdoor activity, and all others should limit their exposure.

If the AQI is orange, consider how far you will need to bike and the physical demand of your route. If the AQI is red, we encourage you to try carpooling or riding transit instead.

Download the WAY TO GO app on the App Store or Google Play or visit my.waytogokc.org to log your trips.

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