-Commute Options’ service area expanded to include all of ODOT Regions 4 & 5.



Get There Oregon launches in July, 2019, upgrading from Drive Less Connect.

-Commute Options attends and presents several panels at the Oregon Active Transportation Conference.

-First deployment of Safe Routes to School PE Curriculum lead by Kaleo Renstrom at Juniper Elementary.


-Commute Options receives grant funding for a Walking School Bus Program through the Central Oregon Health Council.

-Commute Options begins the Department of Motor Vehicles project with ODOT to provide resources to people who lose their licenses.

-The Safe Routes to School (statewide) Technical Assistance Provider contract with ODOT is expanded.

-Commute Options secures the contract for the Oregon Friendly Driver Program.

-Commute Options collaborates with OSU-Cascades on individualized marketing.Transportation Options were shared with incoming students and staff during their inaugural year in Bend, Or.

-Commute Options and the City of Bend work together to host the first ever Bend Open Streets in the Orchard Park neighborhood.

-Opportunities surface for walk and bike projects in Redmond. Commute Options collaborates with the City of Redmond on Redmond Streets Alive! 

-Commute Options Executive Director Jeff Monson is appointed to the Oregon Public Transportation Plan – Policy Advisory Committee and to represent COACT on the CO6 State Review Committee.

-Commute Options service area expanded to include a portion of ODOT Region 5.

-The Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization contributes $5000 to expand Safe Routes to School programming.

-Commute Options Executive Director Jeff Monson is awarded the Transportation Options Group of Oregon Outstanding Leader award.

-Commute Options participates as a member of the OSU-Cascades Expansion Advisory Committee.

-Commute Options, alongside Cascade East Transit, works to sell Group Bus Passes for employers in Bend.

-Commute Options Executive Director Jeff Monson serves as a member of the ODOT Transportation Options Advisory Committee and joins the panel to give the final update to the Oregon Transportation Commission.

-Commute Options continues to work with MCEDD in The Dalles and SCOACT in Klamath Falls on the ODOT Region 4 outreach.

-Commute Options’ Brian Potwin attends presentation of local Bicycle Diversion Program on “Changing the Scofflaw Perception” at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. He also meets with U.S. Representatives and Senators.

-Bend’s first bike share station opens in the ONDA building, provided by Commute Options.

-Commute Options Week is replaced by the state-wide Drive Less Challenge in October.

-Commute Options promotes Transportation Options in South Bend during the Murphy Road construction mitigation.

-Commute Options’ Kim Curley is appointed to the Oregon Public Transportation Advisory Committee by ODOT Director Matt Garrett.

– Executive Director Jeff Monson is appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Commute Options Week incorporates the Drive Less Challenge and takes place in June.

-The Safe Routes to School program is launches in Klamath Falls and The Dalles.

-Commute Options’ Brian Potwin attends the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. to outreach to elected officials on continued, further support of multi-modal transportation, and strengthens state-wide transportation networks.

-Commute Options contracts with ODOT to advance Transportation Demand Management (TDM) efforts region-wide.

-Drive Less Connect database goes live, creating an online platform for trip tracking and carpool matching.

-Bicycle Diversion Program begins with instruction from Commute Options and partnership with Bend Police Department and Municipal Court.

-Commute Options moves into the Oregon Natural Desert Association offices at 50 SW Bond #4, Bend.

-Commute Options is awarded the competitive bid contract for phase two to develop bylaws and a business plan for the Juniper Ridge Transportation Management Association in the City of Bend.

-Commute Options develops the Commute Options Partner Program through ODOT funding for partners throughout ODOT Region 4.

-Commute Options is awarded Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure funding for 8 Bend-La Pine schools along with schools in Redmond, Sisters, and Madras.

-Commute Options expands the Safe Routes to School Program to 6 Bend-La Pine schools.

-Vanpools start connecting people in Prineville to jobs at Les Schwab headquarters at Juniper Ridge in Bend.

-Commute Options Executive Director Jeff Monson joins a state-wide panel presenting to the Oregon Transportation Commission about the values of TDM.

-Commute Options Week moves to June 18 to 22, 2007 and combines with Energy Independence Month.

Saint Charles Medical Center employee trip reduction program resumes.

-Commute Options receives grant money from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Now The Street Trust) and REI to offer bicycle safety education in the schools. St. Charles Medical Center also contributes to the bike education program.

-Commute Options receives a four-year grant from the NW Health Foundation to coordinate Healthy Active Central Oregon (HACO) and to promote healthy ways to school focusing on Bear Creek Elementary School and expanded to more schools.

-On September 26th Bend launched the city’s first city bus system—Bend Area Transit (BAT)—with seven routes.

-Commute options assists the City of Bend in promoting alternative transportation during reconstruction of the Newport Bridge.

-Commute Options receives an 18-month Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) contract from ODOT to promote TDM and start vanpools.

-Commute Options and ODOT deploy a four-year TDM/RideShare contract.

-Business Energy Tax Credits brings in additional funds into several Commute Options programs.

-The SCMC program managed by Commute Options expanded with the addition of 20 new businesses, now called Commute Options Partners (COPs).

-Commute Options signs a contract with the City of Bend to manage their TDM community outreach program
-Commute Options Executive Director Jeff Monson is awarded the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee’s “Big Chain Ring” award.

-Commute Options receives 501c3 non-profit status and creates the first Board of Directors was created, chaired by Gary Bell.

-Jeff Monson officially becomes the Executive Director.

-Dial-A-Ride opens to the public and becomes Bend’s first Public Transit System.

-Commute Options begins managing the Cascade Health Services for St. Charles Medical Center’s employee commute options program.

-Commute Options applies for 501c3 non-profit status in response to Central Oregon Environmental Center’s changing mission and strategic plan.

-Nine Park and Ride lots are now open in Central Oregon.

-Commute Options founder John Schubert named Local Official of the Year by 1000 Friends of Oregon for efforts to promote a balanced transportation system and urban design that supports quality of life.

-Commute Options promoted building roundabouts in Bend to alleviate traffic at intersections.

-Vanpooling joins the list of Commute “Options.”

-St. Charles and John Schubert receive a joint Alice B. Toeclips Award from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

-Commute Options receives the “Clear the Air” Award from the Bend Clean Air Committee.

-Commute Options Founder John Schubert is recognized by Sustainable Northwest as a Founder of a New Northwest for work with Biking for a Better Community and Commute Options.

-The Commute Options Week poster wins a Drake Advertising Award for art work by John Hilmer.

1995 – 1996
-Biking for a Better Community changes name to Commute Options.

-Commute Options receives funding from the Oregon Office of Energy.

-Commute Options starts promoting carpooling and teleworking and starts Commute Options Week as a community challenge.

-Transportation Demand Management defined to include walking, biking, teleworking, carpooling and transit.

-Commute Options Founder John Schubert is honored with the first annual Big Cog Award from the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

-The Commute Options Smart Cycling program begins with funding from SCMC to offer bicycle safety education to 900 4th graders.

-Annual Bike Commute Week starts, later becomes Commute Options Week.

-The Commute Options Working Group (COWG) is formed by John Schubert, the Oregon Office of Energy, and the Oregon DOT. The Office of Energy and The Department of Transportation involvement brought in two new elements to the Biking for a Better Community movement: RideShare Carpooling and Teleworking.

-Fellow BBC founders Nils Eddy and Karen Swirsky are recognized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance with an Alice B. Toeclips Award for advancing bicycling in Oregon.

-John Schubert, future Bend City Counselor, starts a volunteer-based, grassroots organization in the city of Bend called Biking for a Better Community. John had such a good time exploring Bend on his bike he decided to encourage other people to do the same. That same year was the first Bike Commute Week which featured Bike Safety information and information about the benefits (personal, community and environmental) of biking. Then Bend Mayor, Kathie Eckman, and Brooks Resources President Mike Hollern joined in for mass bike ride through closed streets of downtown Bend.

Mission Statement: Biking for A Better Community, a project of the Central Oregon Environmental Center, is a citizens group promoting bicycling as transportation—for fun, fitness, clean air, and reduced traffic.