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In partnership with Sustainability and DTD-Ride Reduction Program, Clackamas County Wellness has several resources to help you reach work by means other than a single occupancy vehicle.

Commuter Internal Website

Clackamas County Transportation has produced an internal website with information and links about your commuting options as well as a carpool matching program to link you up with other Clackamas County carpoolers. Informational topics include carpooling resources, vanpooling resources, walking and biking maps, commuter challenge, transit pass pilot program and the emergency ride home voucher. The Commuter Internal Website is accessible from your Clackamas County workplace computer. From the internal mainpage, simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link that says "Commute Options" on the right side of the screen.

Transit Assistance Program

Clackamas County will pay half of the cost of a monthly all-zone Tri Met pass or the option of one or two 10-ticket books of two-hour tickets. Employees will pay their portion through a pre-tax payroll deduction. Participating employees must complete a payroll deduction authorization form prior to participating in the program. Employees may begin or end their participation in the program at any time by submitting a completed cancellation form with a minimum of six weeks advance notice.

Emergency Ride Home Voucher

One of the barriers to alternative commuting is wondering whether you can get home in an emergency. Not to worry! TriMet provides a taxi ride home for alternative commuters with emergencies who live and work in the TriMet service district. You may check the TriMet Website to determine if you live in the service district. See the rules for specifics.

Bike It! Map

Do you bike around town? Are you considering commuting by bike to work? The Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) has a great bike map available.

Commuter Challenge

Every summer Clackamas County sponsors the Commuter Challenge to inspire, encourage and reward getting to work by means other than a single occupancy vehicle. Prizes include gift certificates, so it is well worth the effort to walk, bike, skate, carpool, or take public transit to work.

Drive Less. Connect.

This program seeks to raise public awareness about the benefits of driving less through trip chaining, carpooling, vanpooling, ridesharing, riding transit, telecommuting and biking and/or walking. Through the Drive Less. Connect. program employees can extend their search for carpool matches beyond the County employee program. Drive Less. Connect. offers trip planning and a rewards program with on-going prizes and coupons.

Join the May Bike More Challenge Clackamas County Team

May is National Bike Month and time for the bike commute challenge, an annual month-long event organized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). The Bike More Challenge is free, fun, easy and you can win great BTA prizes, including gear, restaurant and coffee shop gift cards, bike accessories and more!

If you are interested in joining the Clackamas County team and helping to grow bicycling in Clackamas County please register. At the home page click the "Register" tab and follow the step by step instructions. A Clackamas County team has already been created so look for the county logo!

Apart from the health and environmental benefits, bicycling saves money and is a great way to start the work day. Everyone who registers for the Bike More Challenge will receive a cool bicycle light. As an added incentive, for each week you log at least one bike commute during the month of May you will earn one ($2) Farm Token redeemable at the Oregon City Saturday Farmers Market or the Thursday DSB Farm Stand. And, lastly, the person who logs the most miles will receive a secret grand prize to be revealed at the end of May!

The Bike More Challenge is a great way to prepare and get in shape for the annual county Commuter Challenge. So, why not give bicycle commuting a try this spring! For more information contact Scott Hoelscher, DTD Planning at 503-742-4524.

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