Nov. 1 – 5 marks the fourth annual Thompson Okanagan Carpool Week. The City of Kamloops, City of Kelowna and City of Vernon are encouraging commuters to sign up at Carpool.ca, a free, user-friendly carpool matching service that helps connect drivers with other commuters to form carpools.
As part of Carpool Week 2010, commuters who register with Carpool.ca and track their trip, share a carpool story, or search for carpool partners are eligible to win a variety of prizes including an iPad, Kindle Reader, GPS system, a $50 fuel card, or one of 10 golf passes.
“Seventy-nine percent of Canadians make the trip to and from work alone,” says Colleen Lepik, transportation coordinator, City of Kamloops. “Carpooling just one day a week can reduce commuting costs by up to 10 percent and relieve a lot of stress that is created during the daily drive.”
Approximately 1,000 participants are already using Carpool.ca in the region. As more and more people register, carpooling becomes an even more visible and viable transportation alternative for commuters. The program is not just for people who live within city limits; in fact, many commuters drive in from outlying communities. In areas where public transit might not be readily available, carpooling makes even better sense.
For more information on the benefits of carpooling, participant testimonials, or to register for Carpool Week, visit www.Carpool.ca.
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