How You Get To Work

Join The Trend!

55% of Western's employees use an alternative to driving alone to work at least once per week. Join the trend using tools at this site.

Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Office for commute assistance.



Commute Trip Options Are Supported By Western

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Commuting Assistance

To find more out about your commute options (including any of the services described on this site), contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Staff. We are here to help you explore your alternative commute options!

Carol Berry is Western's Employee Transportation Coordinator. She can be reached by phone at x7960 or by email at . You can also explore our website by clicking here or by clicking on the icons below.


Smart Trips

A Smart Trip is any trip made by walking, bicycling, sharing a ride, or riding the bus that replaces a drive-alone vehicle trip.


You can earn valuable discounts throughout Whatcom County and become eligible to win $1,000 by making Smart Trips to work!

To see a complete list of Smart Trips rewards and to create a free online trip diary, go to To qualify for Smart Trips rewards and prizes, record your Smart Trips quickly and easily online.

Read about smart trip commuter stories made by employees at Western.

Contact the Sustainable Transportation office with questions about the Smart Trips program.


Emergency Ride Home

Registered Smart Trip makers are eligible for a free ride home - via taxi - in the event of illness, emergency or unexpected overtime.

Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Office for more information, including a brochure. Visit the Smart Trips website to register.

Facilities For Biking And Walking

Bicycle racks and shelters are located throughout campus. Bike lockers are also available for long term use. Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Office for details, as well as the location of racks and shelters nearest to your destination. These details, in addition to the location of campus Walk Zones and Dismount Zones can also be found on the Campus Bike Map at this link.

Free Maps, reflectors and other safety tools are available to bicyclist and pedestrians.

Contact our office, or click these links for further information about walking and cycling on and around campus.

Bicycle With Confidence


Find out how you can cycle comfortably, safely and frequently by utilizing everbodyBike's free educational materials, classes and events. Through everybodyBike, bicycle commuters can also get advice and encouragement from veteran cyclists.

League of American Bicyclist Instructors Nate White and Rachael Morris are staff on campus available to answer cycling questions and organize bike classes.

For further information about classes, or to find out how to be matched with a cycling mentor, visit the everybodyBike website or Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Office.

Rideshare Parking and Ride Matching Assistance

Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Office for help finding a carpool partner. Upon request, staff can try to match you with other Western employees who are interested in ridesharing.

Preferred carpool parking is available in Lots 11G and 17G. Contact Parking Services for details., as well as the Viking Village Forum, are also resources for locating rideshares (both one time and ongoing).

For more information about finding a rideshare, click here.


Zipcar is now on campus!  Zipcars are available for personal and business use.  Use one to go to lunch, an appointment or a business meeting.  The hourly rate includes the cost of gas and insurance!  Just join, reserve and drive.  Use the Zipcar savings calculator to see how much you could save by not owning a car. More info at

Bus Passes and Routes

Western has excellent bus service, as well as bus passes for purchase by eligible employees. Faculty/Staff can purchase bus passes per quarter or academic year through Western's Sustainable Transportation Office. Contact us or visit our website for prices, availability and further details.


We will help you find bus routes, create trip plans, and help you learn how to make trip plans for yourself! Contact us via email or phone (x7960) for your personalized trip plan.

For in-person assistance, call to make an appointment. X7960

Also, click here for bus riding tips.

Trip Reduction

Employees may be allowed to compress their work week or flex their schedules in order to take advantage of carpooling or bus riding opportunities. Teleworking may be an option. Please check with your supervisor for potential options.

Free Tools

Free tools are available for employees who commit to walking, biking, transit or carpooling to work at least one day a week. Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Office for more information about maps, reflectors and reflective tape, bicycle commuting guides, access to free cycling classes, and more.



Contact Western's Sustainable Transportation Staff For Information About Your Commute Options

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Every Commute Makes A Difference

You can help make Whatcom County a great place to live when you commute to work by walking, bicycling, sharing a ride, or riding the bus. You also benefit personally. Whether you do it once a week or more often, you can:

  • Start your workday in a good mood by walking or bicycling to work
  • Improve your health with active transportation
  • Spend more time with your friends by riding with them to work
  • Read and relax riding the bus
  • Save money on gas, insurance, and maintenance by driving less
  • Save serious money - on average $8,799 a year - by owning one less family car (AAA, 2011)





Page Updated 01.06.2016