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CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month - May 2015

word cloud - Copy.jpgCommuteInfo 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 2015?

Image Strip of Commuting OptionsCommuteInfo also wants all commuters’ trips to be safe.  Unveiled as part of CommuteInfo Month 2015, the CommuteInfo Pooler Driver Safety Training reimbursement will provide volunteer drivers of CommuteInfo carpool and vanpool groups the opportunity to continue developing their driving skills by taking driver safety training courses, and be reimbursed for the cost. Learn more about this new benefit by clicking here.

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Calendar

May 2015 CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month Calendar:

  • May 1 - 15 â€“ CommuteInfo “Pooler” Safety Challenge (open to registered vanpool drivers)
  • May 1 â€“ CommuteInfo participates in the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership meeting at Phipps Conservancy
  • May 1 – CommuteInfo participates in Allegheny County’s Earth Day activities held at Kane – Ross Township location
  • May 5 â€“ CommuteInfo participates in the Where to Turn Resource Fair, Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh and is a featured speaker, along with Port Authority of Allegheny County on transportation options
  • May 7 â€“ CommuteInfo Regional Partners’ Meeting, held on the 4th floor of Two Chatham Center [ directions ]
  • May 14 â€“ Brooke Hancock Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission & FROGGY Live Action Broadcast  in Weirton
  • May 15 â€“ Bike to Work Day
  • May 19 – CommuteInfo participates in a wellness event held at the Verizon office in downtown Pittsburgh
  • May 19 – CommuteInfo participates in a benefits fair at the Veteran’s Administration in Oakland
  • May 20 – CommuteInfo participates in a benefits fair at the Veteran’s Administration in Aspinwall
  • May 20 – CommuteInfo participates in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Corridors of Opportunity (Route 28) event
  • May 26 – CommuteInfo participates in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network  Pittsburgh Breakfast Club

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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02-20 Southpointe EXPO.jpgGet Involved

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 materials…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: 

2011-05-20 Bike to Campus Event PITT (27).JPGOakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) – 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 – 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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Results

As proclaimed by the SPC Commission, the overall goal for the 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.

During the month, CommuteInfo staff were involved in 20 different outreach events. One event held on May 5, in collaboration with Port Authority of Allegheny County, CommuteInfo staff attended the Where to Turn Event in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to staffing an informational table, we collaboratively presented a workshop for the event attendees called, "Running out of friends willing to give you a ride?"

Results from all these various events held during the month included:

  • 142 new commuters registering with the CommuteInfo Program, requesting commute options reports.
  • 25 carpool groups started in May, increasing the total number of carpool participants to 541 (251 carpool groups).
  • Over 220 new responses were collected and added to the annual Commuter Questionnaire results.

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 2016 – email us today

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Vanpool RidersPast Years

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 CommuteInfo Month Information

Check out previous year’s CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month information:

 

 

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