A statewide initiative with the goal of reducing the number of vehicles on the road kicks off this week.
The first Oregon Drive Less Challenge will run from today through Nov. 1. By providing information about carpooling, public transportation and biking, along with prizes for participants, challenge organizers hope to teach people about alternatives to driving alone.
Rogue Valley residents will be able to take advantage of the event as early as Tuesday, when they can ride Rogue Valley Transportation District buses for free.
"We're excited to be part of this statewide effort aimed at connecting our residents with the many different transportation options we have here in the Rogue Valley that can help save money, improve community health and keep Oregon's environment cleaner and healthier," said Julie Brown, RVTD general manager.
Those interested in participating in the challenge can register at www.DriveLessConnect.com for free. They can then log their carpool, bus, rail, walking, biking and skateboarding trips.
There are resources to help plan trips at the RVTD site, www.rvtd.org.