Northwest Transportation Options is your pathway to reducing stress, saving money and improving your health! You have many options at your disposal from walking to busing, and even pooling. Here are a few:
Did you know that about 40 percent of all trips are shorter than two miles? That’s just a 30-minute walk! You don’t need any special equipment, just your own two feet! Walking is environmentally friendly and provides immense health benefits, like decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and other obesity related illnesses.
If your destination seems too far to commute on foot, you can still take advantage of the benefits of walking in the following ways:
-Walk to a bus stop, and take an SETD Bus.
-Walk to a meeting point for your carpool or vanpool.
-Once you get to work, walk to lunch, errands, and meetings.
Get your Walk Score and discover what businesses, entertainment, and other services are within walking distance of your home!
Did you know that bicycling just three hours per week reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by 50 percent!
Whether you bike for transportation or for recreation, the North Coast communities are a great place to get around by bicycle. More than one hundred miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes make it easy for cyclists to get where they need to go. It’s a fun, healthy, inexpensive alternative to driving that is attracting more and more commuters all the time.
Take your bike on any SETD bus and see more of our beautiful county.
These days, moving information has become easier than moving people.
Telecommuters usually work at home one to three days a week, an arrangement that can result in higher quality work at a lower cost. According to the Oregon Office of Energy, employers have noticed reduced absenteeism among their employees who telecommute. In addition, both businesses and individuals can earn tax credits by investing in equipment needed to telecommute.
While it may not be appropriate for everyone or every job, those who can telecommute eliminate both the personal and environmental costs of their commute. For more information, please contact the Oregon Office of Energy regarding the Business Energy Tax Credits (BETC) program, visit their Web site at http://www.oregon.gov/energy/ or call 1-800-221-8035.
Jump Into the Pool!
What is a pool?
Whether you carpool or vanpool, we think sharing the ride is very smart and really cool! The pool concept is simple, and you may be surprised to discover that anytime you share a ride with another person you are “pooling.”
Whether you carpool or vanpool to work, you will instantly save at least 50% on your commute. But your pocket book isn’t the only reason to pool.
Check out these other cool benefits of sharing the ride:
-relax and enjoy the ride when it’s your turn to be the passenger
-improve our community by alleviating traffic congestion
-reduce air pollution emissions
-save on parking costs in addition to gas
-protect your car and its value by reducing wear and tear
-enjoy meeting new and interesting people
-inspire others through your example
How to pool?
Get started by registering at DriveLessConnect.com to organize carpools for work or play, every day or just once in a while. With Drive Less Connect, you’ll be put in touch with smart carpoolers like you who are looking to save money, time, and the environment. They are friends, neighbors, and co-workers who share a similar commute schedule and route as you.