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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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SmartTrips Business provides these free resources to Portland employers, including:  
  • Bicycle rack installed on the sidewalk in front of your business.  
  • Consultation on tax-deductible investments and policy changes to integrate sustainable transportation into your business operations.   
  • Transit and carpooling resources and bike and walk maps for your employees. 
  • Walking and biking maps to bring in more customers. 

SmartTrips Business is a free project offered by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to all employers in the city. Click here to request assistance for your business.  


 Why should your business invest in sustainable transportation?

  • Dollar for dollar, commute benefits out perform simple pay raises.

Commute benefits, such as transit passes and bicycle reimbursements, are tax-free for your employees and your business

  • Sustainable transportation strategies can increase employee productivity 50% and cut sick time in half.

Research includes: Nieman, David, et al, “Immune Response to a 30-Minute Walk,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,Jan. 2005, pp. 57-62.  Besser, Lilah, et al, “Walking to Public Transit: Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Recommendations,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005, Vol. 29, pp 273-280.

  • It can cost up to 150% of an employee’s annual salary to find and train a replacement.

Businesses that offer attractive benefits are better able to attract and retain desirable employees.  In one study, a large corporation saw an 87% decrease in employee turnover when the company improved commute options. Research: Winters, Philip, et al, “Quantifying the Benefits of TDM,” Center for Urban Transportation Research. 

  • Significant federal and state tax savings for energy efficient investments.

Learn more about Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit program and federal tax benefits for promoting commute options.  

  • Studies have demonstrated a significant link between commute stress and job satisfaction.

Research: Wener, Richard, et al, “Commuting Stress: Psychophysiological Effects of a Trip and Spillover in the Workplace,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1924, pp. 112-117.

SmartTrips Business Contact Form

Employers - use this form to get more information about SmartTrips Downtown.

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