Rideshare Project

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Participants in the annual “Get There” campaign tracked their carpool, vanpool, walking, bus, and bike trips May 4-15, 2015 and collectively reduced 43,349 single-occupant-vehicle miles, enough to go around the Earth over 1.5 times. Together, participants reduced 58,003 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.

The Cascades West Rideshare program at Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, in partnership with the City of Corvallis Transportation program, invited residents of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties to track their non-drive-alone trips at www.DriveLessConnect.com throughout the campaign to be eligible for dozens of prizes, such as gift cards to local restaurants, farmers markets, and bike shops.

The annual campaign featured free events such as Walk and Bike to School Day in Newport, outreach at the Lebanon Fire Department Open House, bike maintenance classes at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library, free breakfast for bike commuters / walkers / skaters in Corvallis, and more.

Overall, participants throughout Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties tracked 1,498 bike trips, 255 bus trips, 1,211 carpool trips, 97 telework trips, 288 vanpool trips, and 425 walking trips — for work, school, and personal travel.

Sponsorships from American Dream Pizza and CH2M Hill helped support the campaign, including enabling the purchase of three Kindles® for grand prizes. Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City donated two grand prize vacation packages, which also went to two lucky local winners. Stay connected at www.DriveLessConnect.com for more prizes and events, such as the Oregon Drive Less Challenge, coming up October 5-16. Drive Less Connect is a free website operated by the Oregon Department of Transportation in partnership with local agencies such as OCWCOG.

While eligible for prizes, telework trips are not factored into the overall mileage calculation, because of the many out-of-state locations, which tend to over-represent the impact of teleworking.

For more information about the campaign, contact Tarah Campi at 541-924-8480 or tcampi@ocwcog.org.

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