Form a carpool with yourself and at least one other person to save money and help our environment. It is easy to find a match that fits your location, destination, and time-sensitive needs with the BFT Rideshare platform. Use our commute calculator to see how much money you can save.
Start a Carpool
Carpools can form using our online ridematch system on the BFT Rideshare platform, which looks at travel times and home/work site locations. All BFT Rideshare Program assistance is free.
Once you have a group of interested commuters, the next step is to discuss the details of operation.
Please note that BFT is not involved in the operation of a carpool, only connecting interested parties in the formation of a carpool.
Bike + Walk
Biking and walking are great ways to get to where you need to be while enjoying the outdoors and saving on transportation costs.
Local Bike Resources
- Bike Tri-Cities is a local bike group dedicated to advocating for and leading the Tri-Cities Community in promoting cycling as a safe, healthy, sustainable, and fun form of transportation and recreation.
- Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop’s goals are to expand bicycle usage and knowledge by providing public access to educational materials, workspace, and tools/parts through a member owned and supported central location. The community is invited to learn, repair, and ride.
- The City of Kennewick offers resources for cyclists, including a list of trails with bike paths for safe travels at Trails & Bike Paths | Kennewick, WA (go2kennewick.com).
- The City of Richland offers resources on how to be a safe cyclist and navigate shared streets at Shared Streets | City of Richland, WA.
- The City of Pasco offers its Bike-Ped Master Plan, which provides an in depth analysis and look into the future of bike-ped infrastructure and safety in the city at Bike-Ped Master Plan | Pasco, WA - Official Website (pasco-wa.gov).
Walking Safety Tips
Make sure you are staying as safe as possible by following these 10 tips provided by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
Telecommuting is a great way to save on commuting cost and greatly reduce emissions. Telecommuting has become a part of many folks’ everyday lives and is projected to become a part of a normal work schedule for many Americans.
The Washington State Office of Financial Management offers teleworking resources to help folks continue to manage a work from home lifestyle at Telework resources during the COVID-19 pandemic | Office of Financial Management (wa.gov).
Be sure to be in touch with your employer to ensure a comfortable work from home experience.