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Carefree Commute Challenge is Coming!


Here are a couple of awesome events coming soon:

a)  Two consecutive appearances of the sun are forecast for Sunday and Monday.

b)  The Carefree Commuter Challenge begins on July 1st!


As you may recall, the sun is a distant star which is responsible for life on planet earth. It is purported to appear periodically during the month of June in Portland. 

The Carefree Commuter Challenge is a free, month-long event that encourages commuters in the tri-county area to join their co-workers in switching drive-alone commute trips to carpooling, walking, transit, biking and telecommuting.

For participating, you are eligible to win some fantastic prizes, including weekends at bed and breakfasts, wine country tours and a free bicycle!

It's a decent chance that your company is already participating. Again, it's free, all an employer needs is an employee transportation coordinator to send out a few emails and rally your colleagues.


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Evelyn Tataje

June 23, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Now that I've moved closer to work, I plan on commuting for all of July. Will save money and get in shape also.


keith Baich

June 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I'm in for the commuter challange! And I love the Sun. Sure, I appreciate the rain, but come on! This has been a tough year to be a bike commuter.


Bill Buse

August 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I was into the commuter challenge until a driver in a car made a right turn on a red light and hit me when I had a green light. To add insult to injury, although the driver had the red light, the driver did not receive a ticket. Since then I have been told by various reliable sources that this is the common outcome. If this is the kind of attitude that exists around Portland I am finished with these worthless challenges where lives are put at risk.


Steve Hoyt-McBeth

August 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Hello Bill,

I'm very sorry to hear about the crash, and I hope that you are recovering.

Intersections are a primary conflict zone between automobiles and bicycles, especially for the "right hook" that I believe that you experienced. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has designed and implemented bike boxes at a number of intersections around town to alert all road users and to prevent cyclists from being hit on a red light.

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