Each October, the Washington State Ridesharing Organization (WSRO) brings Wheel Options to worksites across the state. This promotion rewards commuters who reduce their driving by carpooling, vanpooling, riding transit, walking, bicycling, or through teleworking and flexible schedules. These choices reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and energy consumption. This promotion is not restricted to CTR worksites only, but is open to all commuters.
Register in April. Ride in May. This countywide annual event administered by Intercity Transit encourages people of all ages and abilities to ride bicycles for all kinds of practical trips, such as commuting, trips to grocery stores, errands, school, etc. Recreational and sportive rides are not eligible. First established in 1988, the BCC includes events such as the Wrencher’s Ball, the Earth Day Market Ride, and an Awards Ceremony. National Bike to School and Work Day is an annual event held in May across the country that promotes the bicycle as option for trips to work and school.
Typically in the first week of October, International Walk to School Day encourages K-12 students to walk to school. This promotion is aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. Why does this matter to our region’s CTR program? Many people drive alone to work so they can drop their kids off at school on the way. Flexible work schedules may allow parents to walk with their children to school.
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Create Your Own Promotion
Think about what you like to celebrate at your worksite. For example, National Public Health Week in April provides an opportunity to join with your Wellness program to promote more active forms of commuting, such as biking and walking. July is National Ice Cream Month… consider an ice cream social for alternative commuters. In June, National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association to encourage choosing public transportation.
Do you need help explaining the “How-Tos” or benefits of riding the bus, carpooling, or other commute alternatives to your employees? We can bring our expertise right to your office. This level of support can be tailored to fit your worksite’s needs. Ask us how.
Here to There Commuter Fair – A one-stop-shop for employees to learn about their commute options. Fairs are typically held at your worksite for 2 hours over a lunch break. They may also accommodate multiple co-located worksites.
Brown Bags – Informal meet and greet conversations with interested employees that focus on one or two topics (such as carpooling, vanpooling, etc.)
Lunch and Learns – A small group of employees are given the opportunity to take a short guided tour on an instructional bus ride during the lunch hour or another suitable time period.