Cascades Commuters

Cascades Commuters are saving money, minimizing our environmental footprint, reducing congestion on city streets, and feeling healthier by using active forms of transportation. 

Spring Commute Challenge (May 7 - May 18)

Join a team, win prizes. Learn more.

Bike to Campus Day is May 18, 2018

  • Express interest online now!
  • Free snacks and refreshments at various local businesses. Supporting businesses are outlined on the Bend Bikes blog.

Emergency Ride Home

Don’t let the potential of a personal or family emergency influence your commute choice. Through our Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program, commuters that use active transportation modes (bike, walk, roll, bus, transit) to get to campus have a timely way to leave work in the event of an emergency.

Enrollment: All Cascades Commuters that log active transportation trips (walking, biking, transit, carpool, roll) at qualify for up to 3 ERH trips per academic year. Your trips will also qualify for the rewards described below. 

How it works: When you need an emergency ride home, choose between Uber, Lyft, or a local taxi company of your choice. Save the receipt and submit as a personal reimbursement

Earn Rewards

We reward students, staff, and faculty who walk, bike, carpool, skate, vanpool, or take the bus to campus because it reduces traffic congestion and helps OSU-Cascades achieve our sustainability and health/wellness goals.

To earn rewards, please complete these two steps:

  1. Register for Cascade Commuters via (with your .edu email address).
  2. Log your COMMUTE trips at or download the Trip Logger app from the App Store or Google Play. Only your commute trips to/from campus qualify for rewards.

appstore  Googleplay

Rewards will be earned when you complete a specified number of round-trip commutes, as shown in the chart below. Each time you reach a cumulative total of 5, 15, or 35 days you will earn a reward. Only one reward at each level can be earned per academic term. All gift cards accepted will be subject to income tax. 

reward tiers

Rewards are being added to each tier as we establish partnerships with local retailers and community partners.

Bronze Rewards include:

  • 2-hour Zipcar Rental
  • $7.50 Emerald City Smoothie Gift Card
  • Free Regular Sub Sandwich at Jersey Mike's
  • OSU-Cascades T-Shirt (Available in March)

Silver Rewards Include:

  • 4-hour Zipcar Rental
  • OSU-Cascades Beanie
  • $10 Gift Card to Chicken Bonz
  • $10 Downtown Bend Dollars

Gold Rewards Include:

  • 8-hour Zipcar Rental (membership required)
  • Nutcase Bike Helmet (black Zone helmet)
  • OSU-Cascades Hoodie Sweatshirt (orange or black, limited to color/size available)
  • 3 Free Regular Sub Sandwiches at Jersey Mike's


Prizes can be picked up at the Dining & Academic Building Information Desk during these winter term hours:

  • Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., except Thursday.