Mayor Dave Bronconnier has officially proclaimed the week of October 19 to 23, 2009 as Calgary’s Seventh Annual Carpool Week, encouraging Calgary and area commuters to try a new way of getting to work or school.
“Carpooling is a great option to consider. It’s nice to have a little company for the drive, and sharing the costs of commuting is certainly a benefit. Carpooling also reduces greenhouse gases and pollution – it's something that nearly everyone can do to help our environment,” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.
Calgary and area citizens interested in the benefits of carpooling can log onto the Carpool website, select Calgary as their destination and enter their commuting information. They will instantly receive a match list of neighbours and co-workers also looking to share the daily commute.
In addition to the many environmental benefits of car pooling, this year those Calgarians that make a personal pledge to carpool at least once during the month of October will be entered into a draw for prizes including one of four $500 fuel cards, an iPod Touch and gift cards to Safeway, Future Shop, The Keg, Cineplex and Starbucks.
Since the Carpool.ca program was introduced in Calgary in 2002, there have been more than 11,000 regional users with approximately 3,000 commuters currently registered.