WWU employees who reduce driving this month can get Amtrak coupons, win travel prizes

The bicycle racks along the Red Square side of Wilson Library are full of bikes on Friday afternoon, Oct. 9. Photo by Michael Leese | WWU intern

WWU employees who walk, bicycle, share a ride or ride the bus to work at least twice from Oct. 18 to 31 and enter the Fall state-wide Wheel Options promotion could win a trip to Rome for two, including airfare, lodging and a Rick Steves Best of Rome seven-day tour.

Every WWU staff or faculty employee who participates by logging at least two non-drive-alone trips to work between Oct. 18 and 31 will receive a two-for-one Amtrak Cascades coupon to use through next May.

In addition to the cash grand prize, there are more than 20 other prizes, including a weekend getaway with Victoria Clipper and merchant gift cards.

Enter online at http://www.wheeloptions.org or log your work trips for Oct. 18 to 31 at http://www.whatcomsmarttrips.org. Doing so automatically enters you for Wheel Options prizes. Paper entry forms are also available at Facilities Management and by request from any department or individual employee. Departments can request a poster for the Wheel Options promotion or the Whatcom SmartTrips program. Paper entry forms must be returned to Transportation Services at mailstop 9197 by Nov. 2.

Carol Berry and Wendy Crandall, in the WWU Sustainable Transportation Office, can answer questions about bus schedules, find carpool partners or map out a walking or biking route. Contact them at (360) 650-7960 or transportation@wwu.edu. Sustainable Transportation staff are available to conduct employee transportation information sessions at department meetings. Departmental Transportation notebooks will be updated this fall, with new WTA maps and schedules and employee commuter benefits information.