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Switch Up Your Commute for October’s ‘Ridetober’

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 8:44 am / September 13, 2017

Have you ever bussed, biked, walked, carpooled or caught a shuttle to campus as part of your daily commute? If so, you’re not alone – Boise State has over 1,700 students and employees currently using the university’s RideShare Platform to plan their commutes.

During the month of October, commuters will have even more incentive to get out of their single-occupancy vehicles as the Ada County Highway Department’s (ACHD) Commuteride program launches Ridetober, a month-long challenge to Treasure Valley residents to use smart transportation every day in October.

Individuals can sign up to participate here:

Every day participants walk, bike, vanpool, carpool or take the bus to work and track their commute on, they are entered to win daily drawings for $25 Downtown Boise Association gift cards from ACHD Commuteride, or $200 and $100 grand prize drawings. The more smart commutes an individual makes, the more chances they have to win.

The Boise State RideShare platform was built and is maintained by ACHD Commuteride. The ride-matching service can help find potential carpool, vanpool, bicycling or walking partners who work or go to school at Boise State. The program also is a commute logger that tracks users’ monetary savings over traditional single-occupancy driving, as well as logging how many calories cyclists and walkers burn during their commutes. Users of the platform earn points for their commutes, which are handed into Commuteride for prizes.

The popular platform helped earn the university’s platinum status during last year’s May in Motion competition, and puts the university in the top 100 Treasure Valley organizations with an alternative transportation benefits program.