In celebration of the role active transportation plays in maximizing the efficiency of the transportation network and cutting greenhouse gas emissions to meet state goals, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) will host a live online “Storytelling Jam for Active Transportation” on Earth Day-—Thursday, April 22 from 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required: bit.ly/ATPstoryJam.
From May 20-23 we’re highlighting the power of bicycles to connect communities and generate joy, while improving our health and preserving our air quality. Will you join us?
Learn more about #BikeThere and how you can participate.
We’re saying “bye, bye” to 2020 and “hello, 2021!” with TWO challenges to keep you and your co-workers connected in the New Year. There are prizes for teams and individuals (that’s YOU!) and several ways to win. We invite you to green and save some green this year when you visit us iRideshare.org.
New users score even more points when referred by a friend! Log in or create an account, log commute trips including telework, and earn badges for your chance to win.
Green Quaranteam Challenge
Gather nine friends, family members, or colleagues as your “Quaranteam,” and log the most telework trips to win! The champions will each receive a $50 gift card to cover lunch at one of our many “Pavement to Parks” locations around SLO County. The team that goes “green” to save the most “green” wins!
New Year, New Commute – Individual Challenge
Want to be entered to win the Ooni Koda pizza oven bundle, a $500 Uber Eats gift card or a pair of Apple AirPods Pro? We have five custom achievements you can unlock between January 1st and February 28th to be entered into the drawing! Complete one or all five for multiple chances to win our grand prizes:
- Log trips – between now and February 26th log your teleworking trips at iRideshare.org.
- Visit a Parklet – Visit one of our Pavement to Parks parklets and scan the QR code sign. The list of participating locations can be found at Rideshare.org/park.
- Get Personal – Update your trip planning / carpool profile. Don’t know how to do that? Not a worry! Click HERE.
- Join a Team – Compete in the Green Quaranteam challenge with your friends or colleagues. To enter the challenge click HERE.
- Refer a Friend – Tell a friend to sign up to iRideshare.org to log trips or start exploring options. They will claim an incentive from the “MY REWARDS” widget that sends you a custom URL to claim the New Year, New user Achievement. Both of you are entered!
Challenges End February 28, 2021
Our Holiday photo contest is back! Plus, updates from our partners on plans to improve transportation in SLO County.
Announcing our latest winners, including Pavement to Parks and Virtual Walk to School Day. Plus, learn how you can score some blue light glasses to up your work from home game, and more! Check out our November newsletter here https://mailchi.mp/rideshare/nov2020
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) and the Coast Rail Coordinating Council (CRCC) are conducting an important study to plan for the future of rail on the Central Coast. The Coast Rail Corridor Study will analyze intercity and commuter rail options and bus-rail connectivity to enhance train travel within the corridor for Central Coast residents and visitors, including an evaluation of the feasibility of implementing rail service as an alternative travel mode between Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.
Public involvement is a critical component of this study, as we want to ensure that future plans will meet the needs of our collective communities. To that end, SLOCOG is offering a Virtual Public Meeting on September 30 from 5:30-7:00pm that we hope you will join and also share with your constituents. To get involved or learn more about this study, please take a look at the following available resources and engagement opportunities.
- Website: coastrailstudy.com
- Fact Sheet: coastrailstudy.com/images/SLOCOG_FactSheet.pdf
- Survey: Understanding Your Desired and Chosen Travel Mode (open through October 2): surveymonkey.com/r/SLOCOG_Rail_Studies_Survey.
- Survey participants can enter to win a $100 gift card!
- Virtual Public Meeting, September 30, 5:30-7:00pm. Register at: ly/SLOCOG_CRCS_Public_Meeting
Questions? Contact Anna Devers at 805.781.4462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to make a difference in the lives of SLO County kids by contributing to programs that improve their health and safety, while having some serious FUN? Bike SLO County is seeking a part-time Bike Education Coordinator to lead in the development and delivery of a comprehensive bicycle education program for elementary school students (Safe Routes To School) to adults through a combination of video content, in-person training, and virtual instruction. If this is you or someone you know, you are strongly encouraged to apply and/or share this opportunity!
Deadline to apply is September 28, 2020.
Does your business or workplace have a new parklet? Would you like one, but need some help getting started? We’ve got you!
Lots of local SLO County businesses are expanding dining and other services outdoors by transforming spaces formerly reserved for vehicle parking into parklets.* Rideshare strongly supports this effort and is working in partnership with Ten Over Studio to offer encouragement and assistance to local business owners and employers who want to get involved!
We’re here to help with:
- Sponsorship money for plants, chairs, lighting, etc. to create your space.
- Design support to help you create the “best parklet” and win $1,000 to make it even better!
- Marketing to get your business name out there as an innovator during these challenging times.
*Please check with your jurisdiction for city rules/regulations.
2020, you’ve challenged us.
As we welcome the summer months ahead, we also welcome the growth that these trying times can provide. To our partners, stakeholders and communities across the region, we hope you’ll join us in uniting to improve opportunities for businesses and citizens to easily access goods, jobs, services, and housing. This is what we mean when we say Rideshare is about “Getting There Together.”
To learn more about how you can help, please read the statement below from SLOCOG’s Executive Director (Rideshare’s parent agency).
Getting there together is Rideshare’s mantra. During this pandemic, we have seen so many individuals and groups stepping up to innovate, support, and commiserate together, offering a wealth of opportunities for virtual congregation and stepping up to help those in need.
While we at Rideshare and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) typically dedicate our time to initiatives that bring us all together to better connect our communities through transportation and help reduce single occupant vehicle trips in our region, we now ask you to take part in the 2020 Census and encourage others to take it as well. Together, these numbers determine SLO communities’ share of federal funding.
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding each year, and provide data that will impact SLO communities over the next decade.
Lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results are also used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.
So take a moment and take the Census – it will not only benefit you, but it will benefit your neighbors, too.
Pete Rodgers, SLOCOG Executive Director
COVID-19 has severely disrupted daily work and commute activities. Here are a few resources to support remote work and the return to work:
- A 4-part webinar “Best Practices and Tips for Telework – During COVID-19 and Beyond!”
- A telework toolkit for employers
- Results of a survey asking local employees how COVID-19 has impacted their commute
We’re working from home part-time and are here for you! If you need assistance navigating current transit schedules and other commute options, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll get through this together!