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CommuteInfo Commute Options
Awareness Month - May 2014
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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 2014?
This year CommuteInfo is offering $25 GetGo gift cards for the first 5 commuters who register and change from driving alone to sharing a ride during May. Commuters simply need to register with the program, request a match list, and once they decide to start sharing a ride --- to let us know. The first 5 commuters who do this will receive a $25 GetGo gift card to wash or gas up their vehicle. This is an extra special savings when added to the everyday savings commuters realize by sharing their ride.
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May 2014 CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month Calendar:
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 (coming soon)
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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:
The Breathe Project
The Breathe Project is a coalition of residents, businesses, government and many other groups in southwestern Pennsylvania that are working together to improve our air quality for healthier communities and a stronger economy. One of the actions the Breathe Project encourages to reduce air pollution is to “Clean Your Commute.” They will be promoting CommuteInfo Month as a way for people to make smarter transportation choices that reduce harmful emissions. Learn more at The Breathe Project’s website or Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter @breatheproject.
Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) â€“ SmartCommute Oakland
Oakland’s SmartCommute is a new 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 SmartCommute, 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 Commute Options Awareness Month 2014:
- Over 50 new commuters registering with the CommuteInfo program, requesting commute options reports.
- Seven of the commuters registering with CommuteInfo, who also started sharing their ride during the month, received a $25 GetGo gift card as a special thank you.
- One new vanpool group starting May, increasing the total number of vanpool groups in the region to 61 and the number of participants to 790. CommuteInfo staff provided continuing assistance as they got started. The group is travelling from Imperial to Boyers.
- One new carpool group starting in May, increasing the total number of carpool participants to 471 (219 carpool groups).
- One Pooler drop-in session was held in Oakland. The sessions provide an opportunity for the participants to talk face to face with program and vendor staff, learn about updates to the program, ask questions, etc.
- Over 100 new responses were collected and added to the annual Commuter Questionnaire results.
- CommuteInfo helped support the University of Pittsburgh Bike to Work Day event in Oakland (other participating organizations included Bike Pittsburgh and the Oakland Transportation Management Association).
- Staff attended the Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission’s FROGGY Radio live action broadcast event in Steubenville.
- The SPC Commission passed a resolution proclaiming CommuteInfo month for the region.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month 2015 â€“ email us today!
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2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 CommuteInfo Month Information
Check out previous year’s CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month information:
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