Join CSUB and Commute Kern for Rideshare Week

Next week, Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) joins Commute Kern for Rideshare Week 2016. This annual statewide campaign is designed to encourage commuters to take personal responsibility for reducing traffic and smog by pledging to rideshare.

At least one day during the week, all commuters, including students, faculty and staff at CSUB are encouraged to participate, whether through carpool, vanpool, bus ride, walking, biking, telecommuting or driving an electric vehicle. This is another aspect of CSUB’s efforts to help make Kern County a healthier place to live.

“Rideshare Week is a fun way of encouraging people to consider different commuting options. The real goal is to inspire change in driving behaviors throughout the entire year. Caltrans has reported that 60 percent of the people who try ridesharing just one time during Rideshare Week, see how easy it is and commit to doing it more often,” said Rideshare Coordinator, Susanne Campbell.

Kern County’s air pollution ranks second in the nation behind Los Angeles. Currently, eight in ten commuters drive alone to work and traffic congestion is growing each year. Ridesharing is a low-cost solution that will help meet Kern County’s clean air mandate and growing transportation needs.

As part of CSUB’s commitment to provide continual rideshare opportunities, The Runner Ride program allows students and employees with a valid CSUB ID to check out a bike for the day . This bike share program encourages the campus community to get some exercise, while taking a scenic tour of CSUB or the surrounding community. For more information on the Runner Ride Bike Share Programs through the CSUB Student Recreation Center please visit: https://www.csub.edu/reccenter/Runner Ride/index.html.

Taking the bus is also an option for CSUB students, faculty and staff as the Golden Empire Transit (GET) has various routes that not only go through the center of Bakersfield, but also stop on CSUB’s campus as an alternative option for transportation. Route 21 will allow customers to travel east and west between CSUB to Bakersfield College. Route 22 takes GET bus users through the city north and south, running between Oildale, Valley Plaza and CSUB. These routes operate every 15 minutes on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and every 30 minutes on weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with fewer stops. For more information about the GET bus system and other tips on how the CSUB community can help the environment, please visit: https://www.csub.edu/bas/police/parking/transportation/index.html.

By pledging to Rideshare pledge at commutekern.org, even just for one day during the week, participant’s names will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes. Each day during the week of October 3, participants will be entered into a drawing of fun gifts and prizes through Commute Kern.

 

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