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Rethink Your Commute and Be Rewarded

Rethink Your Commute 2015 - Pictures and Images

The Rethink Your Commute contest has ended. We had over 2,000 commuters participate this year! We put together a video with the amazing photos and images that participants sent in during the contest. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy the show (it's almost 7 minutes long). Thank you for participating and thank you for making a difference.

Telework & Flex-Schedules Toolkit

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The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability recently published a comprehensive resource of lessons learned and strategies for implementing successful telework and flex-schedule programs. The toolkit was funded by the Connect, Redwood City! program and is available for download by clicking on this link or on the image to the left.

The toolkit is a resource for other local governments and businesses interested in exploring telework and alternate work schedules. A one-page summary is available by clicking here.



Breakfast with Transportation Champions

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Breakfast with Transportation Champions

The breakfast was a great success! Thank you to all who participated as attendees, presenters or exhibitors. We are looking forward to our next event - details to follow soon.

Please click here to download a PDF file with the slides from several of the presenters. Click here to download the presentation from the City of San Mateo.

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Attendees at Oracle Conference Center for Breakfast with Transportation Champions 

Not Too Late to Keep Your Resolutions

Save Money and Get Fit in 2015 by Rethinking Your Commute

How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions? If yours included exercising regularly, saving money, or balancing work and family life, rethinking your commute may be the easiest way to keep your thinks the answer to keeping your resolutions can be found by adopting a smarter commute. Here’s why:

Saving Money:  Switching from driving alone to public transit, ridesharing, biking or walking can have an immediate impact on your budget. According to the American Public Transportation Association, Bay Area residents who ride public transit can save on average around $900 a month, which adds up to more than $10,800 a year. Simply taking Caltrain, BART or SamTrans a couple of times a week can greatly reduce the amount of money you spend on gas, parking, and vehicle maintenance. And, you get the added bonus of time to nap, read or catch up email while someone else does the driving.

Exercising Regularly: Choosing to walk or bicycle to work or school can integrate exercise into your daily life without requiring a gym membership. The buses, trains and last mile shuttles (visit the web site for more information on shuttles) all accommodate bicycles so it is easier than ever to include bicycling into your daily commute. Just by walking 10 minutes to or from a transit station makes it easier to achieve the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.

Spending More Time with Family: Telecommuting and flex scheduling are great ways to achieve a better balance between work and family. Eliminating your commute once a week not only gives you more time with your family and friends but also eases the commute for everyone else. More and more businesses in San Mateo County are adopting flexible scheduling to help their employees balance their lives and reduce their stress.

The financial, health and life balance benefits make smarter commuting the perfect choice for a New Year’s resolution. Whether the goal is to get in shape, balance your budget, or spend more time with family, the team at believes that you can achieve it and is happy to assist you in your efforts. Visit for more information.

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