SLO Rideshare offering free bus rides during first week of October

San Luis Obispo County residents can ride any bus in the county for free during the first week of October to kickoff Rideshare Month.

Commuters can get a free trip if they wear a “Commute for Cash” button, which will be available at a kickoff event at SLO Farmer’s Market on Oct. 1 and in more than 600 goodie bags to be handed out at major transit stops during that week, according to SLO Rideshare officials.

Other events taking place during Rideshare Month include a vanpool contest Oct. 12 to 16 where riders submit stories and photos for a chance to win gift certificates, iPods or a Plasma TV.

Other sponsored events include Carpool Week and Bike and Walk Week. Each week includes a different set of prizes, event organizers said.

The Commute for Cash Challenge offers rewards for people seeking out alternatives to driving alone. To participate, teams of two to five people can register online at

From there, commuters can log their trips made by a qualifying mode of transportation for a chance to win cash every Friday – up to $75 per team member. Eligibility and rules are available on the Web site.

--Sona Patel