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Commute Options Week

All that is going on for Commute Options week.

Commute Options Week-Renowned Speaker!

June 21, 2012


St. Charles Medical Center

Building a Better Bend, City Club of Central Oregon, Commute Options, Oregon Environmental Council, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Transportation & Growth Management and the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association present Richard Jackson, MD, MPH Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA.
Hear Dr. Jackson speak during Commute Options Week.

Designing Healthy, Livable Communities

Dr. Jackson is a dynamic presenter and author who has a passion for discovering how the 'built environment,' including architecture and urban planning, affect health - especially for children. Currently, Dr. Jackson is working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health including topics such as sustainability, climate change, urban design, transportation policies, education, housing and architecture. Dr. Jackson co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. Dr. Jackson recently appeared on PBS' Tavis Smiley Show to discuss his latest book, Designing Healthy Communities, and a three-part PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities” which aired nationwide in January 2012.

SRTS-now in it’s 7th year, Safe Routes to School helps students walk and bike safely in their neighborhoods. Commute Options teaches bicycle and pedestrian safety skills to elementary and middle schoolers, offers incentives and encouragement to families and helps communities improve the physical environment and surrounding schools.

Commute Options Brian Potwin attended the 2012 National Bike Summit, hearing from keynote speakers and politicians — Oregon Reps. Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer among them — and got to test out the Capitol Bikeshare program. A docking station, one of about 150 scattered throughout the national’s capital, was conveniently located just next to The Capital Building!

Little Commuters Parade - Saturday June 16, 8:30am

Join us for the  kid’s kick-off to Commute Options Week in the Westside Parking Lot in the Old Mill District on Saturday, June 16.  Ride your decorated bike over the footbridge, through the shops and along the river trail. Queen Joanie from Wheel Fun Rentals and and King John Flannery from Green Energy Transit invite you to enjoy coffee and hot chocolate from Strictly Organic Coffee Co. while decorating your bike, wagon, big wheel, scooter or unicycle with fresh flowers, arts & crafts and ribbon.  The bike decorating is from 8:30-9:45am, the parade start time. (Helmets are required and no motorized vehicles.)

Register at

Win Prizes

Hutch’s-CRUISER BIKE $500 value

Ruffwear-Palisades Pack ($125 value)

River’s Edge-$100 golf packages

Bronco Billy’s-$25 gift cards

Footzone-$20 gift certificates

Dutch Bro’s-$4 gift certificates

Reflective pant straps

Commute Options Caps


R4-Commute Options Programs Expand! In 2012 employers and individuals from The Dalles to Klamath Falls are now eligible to become Commute Options Partners! An established group of Central Oregon participants have been enjoying earning rewards to local businesses for over 10 years, and this super benefit is now available in all of ODOT Region 4

Become a Partner

Enrolling as a Commute Options Partner (COP) offers a wide variety of benefits for your employees.

• Employees at your business, track their trips walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus and telework using the new Drive Less Connect site.

• Every 45 days made using an option other than driving alone, employees of COP's receive a $25 gift certificate to the local company of their choice.

Earn rewards from

• Bend Brewing Company

• FootZone

• Hutch's Bicycles

• Nashelle Jewelry

• The Pine Tavern

• RuffWear

• The Shops at the Old Mill

• Strictly Organic Coffee

Celebrating 22  years of Commute Options Week! How can you Drive Less Save More during the entire month of June?

Track your trips at to win prizes.

Saturday June 16

8:30-11am: Little Commuters Parade at the Old Mill District. A kid’s kick-off to Commute Options Week. FREE!

Monday June 18

ALL DAY: Ride Cascades East Transit free...ALL over Central Oregon. FREE!

Tuesday June 19

10am-4pm: Tri-County Bike and Pedestrian Summit. All day retreat at Black Butte Ranch featuring presentations from local officials of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, city representatives and state agencies.  The group will discuss implemented bike & pedestrian improvements, current/future bike & pedestrian efforts, funding for bike & pedestrian improvements, bike & pedestrian master planning. FREE!

Thursday June 21

11:30-1pm:  City Club of Central Oregon-at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend featuring Dr. Richard Jackson, chair of the School of Health at UCLA. $20

3pm-5pm: Walk and Bike to School Retreat + Trainings at the Phoenix Inn, Downtown Bend. $15 per day.

Friday June 22

8am-5pm: Walk and Bike to School Retreat + Trainings at the Phoenix Inn, Downtown Bend $15 per day

9pm-late: “A Night for Bikes” at Astro Lounge Downtown Bend. Visit with friends of Safe Routes to School, win prizes and dance the night away with DJ’s bPollen and Mark Rada.  FREE!

Saturday June 23

8am-12pm: Walk and Bike to School Retreat + Trainings at the Phoenix Inn, Downtown Bend $15 per day.

Thank You!

Thank You to our year-round supporters!

Cascades East Transit

Commute Options Board

Commute Options Working Group

Bend La Pine Schools

City of Bend

Deschutes County

Kids @ Heart

Northwest Health Foundation

Oregon Department of Transportation-Public Transit Division

Oregon Department of Transportation-Region 4

And our awesome staff-Jeff Monson, Kathy King, Kim Curley,                      Brian Potwin and Cathy Dorsett.

Contact us:

Commute Options for Central Oregon

50 SW Bond St. Suite 4

Bend, OR 97702



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