Prizes to be won for carpooling in Oct.
Sep 29, 2013 / 10:12 am
Commuters are being asked to give carpooling this October for the Okanagan’s seventh Annual Carpool event in October.
And as an incentive Okanagan residents who partake could win one of five $100 fuel cards by visiting carpool.ca and joining in activities such as signing up for the first time, finding carpool partners, submitting carpool stories and more.
“Apart from lessening our impact on the environment, carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists,” says Active Transportation Coordinator Mike Kittmer. “At a time when people are really trying to watch their pennies, carpooling is an easy way to reduce costs on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance.”
Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray has officially proclaimed October 2013, Carpool Month and many other Okanagan communities from Vernon to Oliver also participate in the event.
And don't think carpooling is just for people close to the downtown core. In fact, 20 per cent of commuters drive in from communities outside of major centres where public transit might not be readily available and therefore carpooling makes even more sense.
There are currently nearly 900 registered users of carpool.ca in the Okanagan. The user-friendly system is secure and free.
“It’s important to note that carpooling doesn’t require a large commitment,” says Anne Marie Thornton, Manager of Carpool.ca. “Our desire to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions tends to be secondary to our need for convenience, so consider carpooling once or twice a week to start.”
For more information on carpooling and reducing your vehicle use, please visit smartTRIPS.ca.
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