Oregonians aim to eliminate 1 million vehicle miles traveled, Oct. 6 - 19

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Oct. 3, 2014

For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT, (503) 881-5362 or Kelly Bantle, Drive Less Save More, (503) 706-0698


You're invited to join in the 2nd Annual Drive Less Challenge


SALEM — The second annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge, spearheaded by the Oregon Department of Transportation and its partners, kicks off next week with an ambitious goal: eliminating one million vehicle miles traveled in 14 days. Running Oct. 6 through Oct. 19, the challenge aims to connect Oregonians with green, healthy travel options. Participants are encouraged to pedal their way, walk, share the ride and tap into transit and train travel throughout the challenge.


"Having options for travel is the kind of thing that contributes to the high quality of life we strive for in Oregon, and we want to help Oregonians connect with the many different transportation options available – and maybe try something new," said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett.


To join this year's Oregon Drive Less Challenge, sign up for free at DriveLessConnect.com. Then, from Oct. 6 through Oct. 19, simply log bus, train, bike, carpool, vanpool, walk, skateboard and/or carshare trips for work, errands or play, plus teleworking, for the chance to win prizes totaling more than $15,000 in value. Grand prizes include a custom folding bike from Eugene-based Bike Friday valued at $2,600, or one of two $500 Oregon getaway gift cards. Daily prizes include KEEN shoes, Nutcase Helmets and Kindle Fires. Individuals can join at any point during the Challenge.


Those interested can also request local informational kits that include a free travel tool (while supplies last); examples include a free flashing magnetic LED reflector light or reflective Velcro leg strap for cycling.


Local transportation options providers are offering assistance in finding carpools or vanpools, navigating bus schedules and routes, determining bike routes and answering challenge-related questions. To find your local transportation options providers, visit http://drivelessconnect.com/local-support.


Details about the Oregon Drive Less Challenge are available at www.DriveLessConnect.com/challenge.




The Oregon Drive Less Challenge is made possible with support from Amtrak Cascades, Car2Go, Bike Friday, KEEN Footwear, Nutcase Helmets and others.


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