Western's Sustainable Transportation Campus Commuter Challenge

Campus Commuter Challenge Goals:

  • Reduce drive alone trips
  • Reduce congestion
  • Reduce environmental harm

You can help WWU meet the challenge with a pledge to use an alternative to driving alone one or more days each week. Driving less is also a significant way to save money, reduce stress, and add healthy physical activity into your day.

Tools are available (while supplies last) to help WWU faculty and staff make the switch. Contact the Sustainable Transportation office for more information.

Employee Toolkits

Biking Toolkit

Bicycle Commuter Tools

  • Biking to Work handbook
  • Bellingham-Whatcom Bicycle Map
  • Bike skills classes
  • Smart Trips Rewards information
  • Emergency Ride Home information
  • Flashing safety reflector
Walking Toolkit

Walking Commuter Tools

  • YakTrax shoe traction devices (limited supply of Yak Trax remaining)
  • Rite in the Rain notepad
  • Bellingham trails map
  • Tote bag No longer available
  • Smart Trips Rewards information
  • Emergency Ride Home information
  • Flashing safety reflector
Bus Toolkit

Bus Commuter Tools

  • YakTrax shoe traction devices (limited supply of Yak Trax remaining)
  • Rite in the Rain notepad
  • Bus ride coupons No longer available
  • Viking Xpress pass information
  • Tote bag No longer available
  • Smart Trips Rewards information
  • Emergency Ride Home information
  • Flashing safety reflector
Carpool Toolkit

Carpool Commuter Tools

  • Car litter bag
  • Tote bag No longer available
  • Smart Trips Rewards information
  • Emergency Ride Home information
  • Share the Road tips card

Commuter Toolkit FAQs

What is the purpose of the toolkits?

Our goal is to encourage employees to switch from driving alone to walking, biking, riding the bus or carpooling for some or all of their trips to work. 

What do I have to do to get a toolkit?

Employees are asked to make this pledge:

“I pledge to join Whatcom Smart Trips, log my non-drive-alone trips, and use my Sustainable Transportation Toolkit to reduce drive-alone trips to work.”

To get a toolkit, print the pledge form available at our website, complete the form and mail to Sustainable Transportation, MS-9197.

How can I get started with alternative commuting?

Our office can help you plan a bus commute, map a walking route, find a carpool partner, enroll in a bicycle class or find a bike mentor. Contact Sustainable Transportation to get started.

Does busing or walking from the park & ride count?

To count as a non-drive-alone trip, your walk or bus ride must be the longest portion of your commute. The Lincoln Creek Transportation Center is located about one mile from the WWU campus.

How are the toolkits funded?

The toolkits were made possible by a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation's Trip Reduction Performance Program.

I carpool. Can I get YakTrax?

Local YakTrax retailers include REI, Yeagers, Sportsman’s Chalet, Hardware Sales and Fairhaven Runners. They are also available online. The retail price is around $20.

Can I get a Bellingham/Whatcom County bike map for recreational cycling?

Contact us for an everybodyBIKE Whatcom Bicycling Map with bicycle-friendly routes for daily trips.

Page Updated 01.27.2014