Tracking your non-commute in the Triangle

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By this point in the pandemic, you’ve probably heard of teleworking, especially since this has become the new norm for many of us. But have you heard of GoTriangle’s GoPerks program for teleworkers?

Let’s back up a bit — if you aren’t totally sure what teleworking is, it’s an arrangement that lets employees work from an alternative site, which is most commonly their home, but can also be from a telework center, coworking space, or another location that isn’t the normal office digs.

GoTriangle Bus
| Photo by Charles Helmes

Now for the GoPerks program. GoTriangle created the GoPerks program five years ago to encourage people to reduce traffic congestion, improve environmental quality, and help commuters save money. But with so many people working from home or alternative spaces because of COVID-19, the program now allows you to track your non-commute. That’s right, you can earn rewards for not traveling, because as GoTriangle says — the best commute is no commute, even if it’s not every day.

All you have to do is use the Commute Calendar Tool to track your alternative commute activities and the environmental + financial savings they bring. You can choose from carpooling, riding the bus or train, walking, vanpooling, bicycling, working from home, or even working a compressed work week schedule.

Using the Commute Calendar Tool, you can record your commute trips daily or weekly and watch the numbers grow. As your numbers grow, you may be eligible to win prizes through the incentive programs, like monthly drawings.

Here’s how it works:

  1. If you live in Wake, Orange, or Durham Counties — create a Share the Ride NC account.
  2. Enter your home address + office address and select the “telecommute” icon.
  3. That’s it. It will calculate how many miles you didn’t drive + your savings, making you eligible for prizes.

Bonus: Since so many people have started spending more time taking bike rides, GoPerks is now allowing you to track all bike rides (not just commute rides) for the remainder of the year.

Happy non-commuting, Raleigh. 🚗✨

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