Friday, January 11, 2013

Save money. Reduce traffic. Share your ride.



For many Calgarians, driving alone during peak travel times is part of their daily commute. If you’re on the road during these times, waiting in traffic may be part of your experience. But did you know you can save money, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, and help ease traffic congestion by simply sharing your ride?

Many Calgarians already take advantage of carpooling as a commuting option. It’s a great alternative to driving alone especially when the people sharing a ride are going to destinations close to each other and at around the same time.

In most cases, carpoolers share the cost of fuel and parking, and in some cases, a coffee or two.

“We do it because it saves on congestion on the highway, it saves money, and it saves on the wear and tear on our own vehicles,” says Cindy MacLeod, who started carpooling with a co-worker a few years ago but now shares a ride with three travel companions.

Carpool arrangements are flexible – some share rides with neighbours or co-workers, others simply with people going to the same place. Some people get picked up at home while others meet at a central location. Some take turns driving and others have one person drive all the time.

It’s not all or nothing either.

“I carpool to work every morning and take transit in the evening,” says Stephanie Warthe, who lives in south Calgary. “It just ends up being more affordable than travelling into work by yourself.”

Want to give carpooling a try? Visit www.carpool.ca and register today to offer your ride or find your carpool match.

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