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Driving alone may seem like the most covnenient way to get downtown. But a solo car trip is not always the best--and certainly not the only--way to get to work in downtown Rochester. Take a moment to learn a little more about some of the many options that are available to you. Then take the Commuter Challenge and pledge to try something new in the next year.  

Nearly 40 communities as far as Bloomington to the north, Winona to the east, Chester, Iowa to the south and Albert Lea to the west are served by commuter coach bus service to and from Rochester. Most locations have weekday service with more than one pick up and drop off time to accommodate different work schedules. Taking the commuter bus can save wear and tear on your personal vehicle and provide for a relaxing, worry-free commute.

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Bike commuting is growing in popularity across the country. Cities are learning that bike-friendly streets and amenities add to the livability of a community. More and more people are choosing to bike to work in Rochester, and future efforts on street design and planning will support and encourage this trend.

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Rochester’s local bus service provides over 1.7 million rides per year in Rochester. A recent study showed that over 90% or local residents live a quarter-mile or less from a local bus route. Choosing local transit service not only saves you the hassle of driving, riding the bus contributes to the health of our city and environment. Don’t live near a local route? Give one of Rochester’s six Park & Ride locations a try. Each has frequent, direct peak-hour service to downtown.

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Carpooling with friends or colleagues can also help you save big. Since everyone chips in for the cost of fuel or parking, each individual’s share is greatly reduced. Also, many employers and parking facilities offer special, reserved, or no-cost parking to carpools. Coming soon to Rochester are new ride-matching services to help you find those near where you live who share your commute. 

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According to Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; strengthen your bones and muscles; improve your mood; and improve your balance and coordination. It’s no wonder that more and more people are lacing up and walking to work—and to better health.