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6th Annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge Encourages Healthy Commuting

September 27, 2018
Media Contact: Tracy Ellis
Email: Tracy.Ellis@ltd.org
Phone: 541-682-6183

The sixth annual statewide Oregon Drive Less Challenge, spearheaded by Point2point at Lane Transit District and the Oregon Department of Transportation, begins on Monday, October 1.

To kick off the Oregon Drive Less Challenge, Point2point will be hosting a celebration at Oakshire Public House on Sunday, September 30, from 2 – 4 pm. The public event will include free bike tune ups, free bike valet parking, food and beverage discounts, music, Coconut Bliss ice cream and prizes.

The two-week Challenge, running October 1 through October 15, offers a timely reason for residents and commuters throughout the region to explore fun, fit, planet-friendly travel options such as biking, busing, walking and carpooling.

Last year’s Drive Less Challenge was a resounding success. Oregonians from across the state logged over 876,880 non-drive-alone miles. In Lane County alone, participants logged 188,766 miles representing a savings of 134,090 of CO2 and 4,280 gallons of gasoline. This year, thousands of Oregonians across the state are anticipated to participate in the sixth annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge in an effort to break last year’s record numbers.

“The Lane County has a history of using many travel options and is among the most active and transportation diverse communities in Oregon,” said Tracy Ellis, Rideshare Coordinator with Point2point.

Individuals can participate by registering at DriveLessConnect.com and then logging their non-drive-alone trips for a chance to win prizes.

Challenge sponsors Providence Health and Services, Bike Friday, Unique Eugene, Café Yumm, University of Oregon, Dutch Bros, KRVM, and Valley VanPool have made it possible to offer some great prizes such as Bike Friday gift cards and Visa cash cards, plus gift cards to popular local businesses and eateries. The more trips participants log, the greater their chances to win prizes – and reap other rewards, too.

Point2point at Lane Transit District is available to help individuals find carpools and/or vanpools, navigate bus schedules and routes, determine bike routes, and answer challenge related questions.

For more information about the sixth annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge, contact Rideshare Program Coordinator Tracy Ellis at 541.682.6183 or email: point2point@LTD.org

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