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Bike, walk or take the bus during Drive Less Challenge

A two-week event devoted to encouraging motorists to trade in their steering wheels for bike chains, foot paths and bus routes has come to the Rogue Valley.

The Drive Less Challenge Days, sponsored by AARP and the Rogue Valley Transit District, kicks off today and will go through Sunday, Oct. 19. People who sign up and try alternative modes of transportation can win prizes, organizers said. There are also photo contests, give-aways and other events.

Events during  Drive Less include free rides on the RVTD bus system Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14. Participants also can stop by Medford's Front Street Station, 200 S. Front St., for refreshments and travel information 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. both days.

A breakfast for cyclists will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, on the Bear Creek Greenway at the Ninth Street bike and pedestrian bridge. Bike mechanics from Cycle Sport will offer free safety checks and riders can register their bikes with Medford police. 

There will also be a community walk held in Talent 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, starting at the Community Center, 208 E. Main St.

A family bike ride led by Siskiyou Velo will depart from Mae Richardson Elementary School, 200 W. Pine St., Central Point, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and return at 12:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, a bike safety presentation and awards. No registration is necessary.

For more information, visit http://rvtd.org/odlc.php.