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Between the 12-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax and being able to earn $2 credit each trip, there’s never been a better time to trade your solo commute for a shared ride! Whether you fill an empty seat in your car or catch a ride as a passenger, carpooling is a great way to save money. Thanks to a partnership between 511 Contra Costa and Scoop, when you use the Scoop app to match with another commuter for your ride to work, you get a $2 credit.... Read the rest
California’s 12-cent gas tax increase went into effect this month, and you’ll soon see the impact at gas stations throughout the state. We have a couple of ways for you to beat the tax hike: Share the Ride – Whether you call it ridesharing or carpooling, it’s the same thing – sharing a ride and splitting the cost. Now that most people have smartphones, apps make it possible to carpool to work with just a little advance notice.... Read the rest
Commuting to Concord and Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART just got easier! Carpools using the Scoop app will receive a guaranteed parking space and free parking at Concord or Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART stations if they arrive before 10 a.m. So, if you’re willing to fill an empty seat, you’ll have a parking spot waiting for you when you arrive! To get free, reserved parking at Concord and Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART stations, download the app at takescoop.com, use promo code BARTLOVE05 to receive a $5 credit, type in the BART station name, and schedule a trip either before 9:00 p.m.... Read the rest
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22! We’ve pulled together a list of Earth Day celebrations in Contra Costa, happening now through Sunday the 23rd. If you see a  next to an event listing, it means 511 Contra Costa staff will have a table at the event. Say hello, pick up some 511CC swag & get info on bonuses for trying an alternative (and environmentally friendly) commute. Click any link below for additional information Earth Day Events Thursday, April 20 Pleasant Hill  : Diablo Valley College Earth Day – Blend your own smoothie on 511CC’s blender bikes, learn about recycling, sample free vegetarian fare & enjoy live music!... Read the rest
Did you know that your bicycle is considered a vehicle and that the same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists? Come learn more about keeping your teens safe on the road with a 2-hour Start Smart driving and bicycling safety class September 29 in Concord.  Accompanying your student to the class is a great way to show them just how much their safety means to you. Start Smart, led by the California Highway Patrol, is designed to educate teens and their parents on common high-risk behaviors of new motorists & how to prevent distracted driving.... Read the rest
After a successful first year, the Summer Bike Challenge is back! This time around it’s open to both adults & children, so everyone can enjoy free stuff while exploring their town by bike. Pleasant Hill, Martinez and Brentwood each have their own Challenge cards, featuring local destinations to visit by bike. Throughout the summer, there will also be giveaways at local parks and businesses for people who arrive by bike, including free swimming, treats, and Carrot Cash at local farmers markets.... Read the rest
Earth Day is Friday, April 22! We’ve pulled together a list of Earth Day celebrations in Contra Costa, happening now through Sunday the 24th. If you see a  next to an event listing, it means 511 Contra Costa staff will have a table at the event. Say hello, pick up some 511CC swag & get info on bonuses for trying an alternative (and environmentally friendly) commute. Earth Day Events Wednesday, April 20  Pleasant Hill: Diablo Valley College Earth Day – 321 Golf Club Rd, 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday, April 23 Martinez:  John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration – John Muir National Historic Site, 10am-4pm Antioch: Keep Antioch Beautiful Day: Citywide cleanup, 8:30am-11am Danville: Danville Earth Day Celebration, Danville Library, 11am-2pm Richmond: Earth Day on the Richmond Greenway – Richmond Greenway Revitalization, 9am-1:30pm Sunday, April 24 Lafayette: Lafayette Earth Day Festival, Lafayette Library, 11am-3pm... Read the rest
On New Year’s Day, all transit agencies serving Contra Costa County will be on Sunday or Holiday schedules. On New Year’s Eve, BART will run until 3am and WestCAT will offer a Modified Holiday Service schedule. Special Note Regarding BART: San Francisco-bound Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond trains will not stop at Embarcadero Station after 8pm on New Year’s Eve. After the San Francisco fireworks show is over, passengers bound for Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond must use Montgomery Street Station.... Read the rest
If you live in or near Danville, help your teen be a safer driver by bringing them to the CHP’s Start Smart program on November 4! This two-hour driver safety class at Monte Vista High School is for new and future licensed teenage drivers and their parents. All are invited to attend! Presented by the California Highway Patrol, Street Smarts Diablo and Monte Vista High School. The event is free but registration is requested.... Read the rest
Valet park your bike at the Pleasant Hill Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 3, and you’ll be entered to win $20 in Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association “Carrot Cash”! Roll in, leave your bike with the 511CC bike valet staff and they’ll give you a claim check for your bicycle and keep it safe while you shop. The new bike valet service is a joint effort between 511CC and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association to encourage patrons to choose cycling as their way to get to and from the Market.... Read the rest