Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carpool Week: Buddy Up for Your Commute

Squeeze a few coworkers into your car, or leave your car at home and catch a ride with a neighbour as part of The City’s Annual Carpool Week, which runs Oct. 25-29, 2010.

 “We all know that carpooling is a great way to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion,” says Transportation Planner Debbie Mah. “But it’s also kind of fun and can be a good way to get to know your coworkers and neighbours better.”

Now in its eighth year, Carpool Week is a great time to consider making the switch to carpooling. Currently 79 per cent of Canadians drive to and from work alone, with the average family spending almost $12,000 a year on transportation costs alone.

“When people think about carpooling, they tend to only think about travelling to and from work,” explains Mah. “But carpooling can be more than that. If you take transit, cycle or walk to work, there are still opportunities for you to carpool."

For examle, Mah, says, you can get your neighbours together and take one car if you need to go shopping.

"The point is to minimize the number of single occupant vehicles we have on our roads," she says.

If you’re interested in starting a carpool, is a good resource to check out. In addition to features that allow commuters to measure their greenhouse gas emission savings, the site offers a free carpool matching database to help you connect with other commuters.

In celebration of Carpool Week, there are some great prizes up for grabs for anyone who registers on and participates in the special activities and contests on the site this week. Prizes include an iPad, Kindle Reader, GPS system and three $100 fuel cards.

For more information on carpooling, visit or become a follower of the site on Twitter.

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