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CommuteInfo Commute Options
Awareness Month - May 2016
CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month is a specially designated month used to celebrate and focus extra attention on the promotion of commuting options available to commuters and employers in southwestern Pennsylvania. The overall goal for the month is to further encourage more people regionally to use an alternative commute (transit, vanpools, carpools, biking, and/or walking) to get to work or school.
May was chosen as this special month since it includes National Transportation Week, National Bike Month, National Employee Health and Fitness Day, and National Clean Air Week. CommuteInfo staff, partners, and collaborating organizations help support the month-long celebration. CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month was first celebrated in 2004.
What is new for 2016?
What is new for 2016?
New ways for you to help get the word out about CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month.Â
The images below are for you to post to your social media account, email your employer, employees, co-worker, friends, etc. Thanks for helping us get the word out!Â
We encourage our employees to ride the bus, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk to work.
We offer our employees commuter choice transportation benefits.
I don’t rely on a car for my commute, I ride the bus.
I share my ride to work, ask me about my vanpool or carpool.
I use my commute to get exercise, I bike or walk.
I am celebrating CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month.
I share my ride. Find out if you could share yours too.
I save money on my commute. Find out the cost of your commute with CommuteInfo’s cost calculator.
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New ways for commuters to share their commuting story!
Andrew shared this photo of his walk through the Armstrong Tunnel
on his way to work in downtown Pittsburgh.
May 2016 CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month Calendar:
- May 1 - 15 â€“ CommuteInfo “Pooler” Safety Challenge (open to registered vanpool drivers)
- May 5 â€“ CommuteInfo Regional Partners’ Meeting, held on the 4th floor of Two Chatham Center [ directions ]
- May 6 â€“ University of Pittsburgh’s Annual Benefits Fair
- May11 â€“ Small Business Council Meeting
- May 12 â€“ Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission & FROGGY Live Action Broadcast in Weirton
- May 20 â€“ Bike to Work Day
- May 25 â€“ T.I.R.E.S. Forum
- May 25 â€“ CommuteInfo presents at the Pittsburgh Employee Activities Association
- May 26 â€“ CommuteInfo hosts a Pooler Drop-in Event for Poolers Travelling to Oakland
Additional Activities (not tied to a specific date):
- Special edition of the Pooler Choice E-newsletter (distributed to CommuteInfo vanpool, carpool and bikepool participants)
- Data collection through the on-line CommuteInfo Commuter Questionnaire (all month)
- Press release specific to CommuteInfo month
- Helping more commuters find ways to share their rides to work or school
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How can you and/or your organization be involved?
Sign up to find out what commuting options are available to you, and give them a try!
If you know of any events already scheduled in May and can include CommuteInfo materialsâ€¦just let us know, so we can get you materials and the event included on the calendar. Or if you would like to host a special event just to highlight CommuteInfo month, let us know that as well. Contact us today.
Take advantage of one of our partner sponsored activities, where CommuteInfo materials will be distributed and CommuteInfo will provide individual commute options reports to commuters wanting to learn more about their commuting choices:
Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) â€“ Oakland Smart Commute
Smart Commute is an initiative brought to you by the OTMA in partnership with the Oakland Business Improvement District and CommuteInfo. The program encourages small business owners in Oakland to promote the use of alternative commuting to their employees for commuting to work. By joining Oakland Smart Commute, small business owners can show their employees that they support smart money-saving commuting options that benefit both the employee, the business and reduce traffic congestion. Learn more on OTMA’s website.
Sustainable Pittsburgh â€“ Green Workplace Challenge
The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, engages the regional Southwestern Pennsylvania’s business community in a fair and friendly competition that produces real reductions in resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting sustainable business practices. Some of the challenge points can be earned by working with CommuteInfo. Learn more by visiting the Sustainable Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge website.
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CommuteInfo Month Recognition
May is Proclaimed to be CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission; click here to read the proclamation.
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As proclaimed by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, and the City of Greensburg, the overall goal for the CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness month was to raise awareness and further encourage more people regionally to use transit, vanpools, carpools, biking, and/or walking to get to work or school.
Throughout the month, CommuteInfo staff held meeting with regional employers, non-profit organizations and participated in various outreach events. Results from all these various events held during the month included:
- 47 new commuters registering with the CommuteInfo Program, requesting commute options reports.
- 7 carpool groups started in May, increasing the total number of carpool participants to 567 (261 carpool groups).
- 231 new responses were collected and added to the annual Commuter Questionnaire results.
- A new public service announcement promoting commuting options, airing on Upper Saint Clairâ€™s public television station.
Special thanks to everyone who helped promote CommuteInfo month and encourage regional commuters to try sharing their ride!
If you have any ideas or suggestions for CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month 2017 â€“ email us today!
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Check out previous year’s CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month information:
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