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Fifth Annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge Sept. 16-30  

Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 9.31.58 PMThe fifth annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge, spearheaded by Commute Options and the Oregon Department of Transportation, begins next week. Running Sept. 16 through Sept. 30, the challenge offers a timely reason to tap into healthy, green travel options that can save money. The goal of this year’s 15-day challenge is for participants to pedal their way, walk, share the ride and tap into transit and the train, plus telework and log their trips into Oregon’s free trip tracking tool

“Our challenge provides a timely reason to explore ways of getting around for work, school, errands and play other than driving alone. Even taking the bus into work or riding your bike to the corner store a few times a week adds up in dollars saved and calories burned, while helping the environment and keeping Oregon the livable place we all love,” said Kim Curley of Commute Options. “Every trip counts in the challenge, plus the more trips you log the greater your chances are of winning weekly and grand prizes.”

To join this year’s Oregon Drive Less Challenge, sign up for free at Then, from Sept. 16 through Sept. 30, log bus, train, bike, carpool, vanpool and walking trips for work, errands or play, plus teleworking, for the chance to win prizes. Weekly prizes include $125 KEEN gift card, Hydro Flasks, $25 Dutch Bros gift cards, $50 REI gift cards and $50 Black Star Bags gift cards. Grand prizes include one of three GenZe electric bikes, or a $500 cash card. Local prizes are being offered by Savory Spice Shop, GearFix, Strictly Organic Coffee, Cascades East Transit and RuffWear. Individuals can join at any point during the challenge, but your chance to win prizes is higher the earlier you start logging trips!

Commute Options is available to help individuals find carpools and/or vanpools, navigate bus schedules and routes, determine bike routes, and answer challenge-related questions. Additionally, the Commute Options website, features useful local resources and guides to aid in planning trips.

The 2017 Oregon Drive Less Challenge is made possible with support from top sponsors, Providence Health and Services and GenZe. GenZe is a leading U.S. electric bike and scooter manufacturer dedicated to helping individuals connect with sustainable transportation solutions. Other sponsors include KEEN, Hydro Flask Dutch Bros and Black Star Bags.

More details about the Oregon Drive Less Challenge can be found at Promotional materials including logos and visuals are found at

Contacts: Kim Curley

(541) 408-6111