By Bethany Carlson
Alternative transportation will be the focus of the City of Corvallis Transportation program’s “Get There” campaign. The campaign runs Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 16 and will feature prizes sponsored by such local favorites as New Morning Bakery, Cycle Solutions, and First Alternative Co-op. To qualify for prizes, people can track their alternative transportation trips including carpooling, biking, walking, taking the bus, and telecommuting. The grand prizes require tracking at least five trips and includes a stay at the coast, an iPad Air, and an iPad Mini.
Last year’s campaign resulted in people logging enough miles of alternative transportation to circle the Earth five times. There were 568 total participants, a substantial increase from previous years. The program “celebrates community connectivity, active transportation, and sustainable transportation options,” according to the 2013 report.
People can get more information and register to track their rides at www.drivelessconnect.com. The website’s free registration provides local carpool connections, and anyone tracking at least one trip will be automatically eligible for prizes.
The two-week-long “Get There” campaign will include free bike repair workshops every Tuesday in May at 7 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, a bicycle law clinic on Tuesday, May 13, and a panel on car-free living on Wednesday, May 14. For locations and times of these and other events, visit www.CorvallisOregon.gov/GetThere.