Carpooling this month?
Oct 16, 2013 / 5:00 pm
October is carpool month - a month when commuters are encouraged to give carpooling a try.
This is the seventh annual carpool event in the Central Okanagan, and, at the present time, 932 Okanagan residents were registered users of carpool.ca.
That's an increase of 45 since the beginning of the month.
The carpool program is one component of the Central Okanagan's smartTRIPS program which encourages residents to use alternative forms of transportation.
"Apart from lessening our impact on the environment, carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator.
"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 proclaimed October, 2013, Carpool Month and Okanagan communities from Vernon to Oliver are encouraged to participate in the event.
The program is not just for those people who live within city limits - in fact, approximately 20 per cent of commuters drive in from communities outside major urban centres.
In areas where public transit might not be readily available, carpooling makes even better sense.
"It's important to not 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."
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