Summerlanders are urged to travel together in October during the Okanagan’s seventh annual Carpool Month.
The carpool program is organized through Carpool.ca, which provides a carpool-matching service.
It is funded in partnership with Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Peachland, Kelowna and Vernon.
At present, there are 879 Okanagan residents registered with Carpool.ca. but only nine in Summerland.
Mayor Janice Perrino said the initiative can help Summerland reduce greenhouse gases while helping residents save money.
“In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, carpooling makes good economic sense for residents travelling out of town for work,” she said.
“At a time when people are really trying to watch their pennies, carpooling is an easy way to reduce costs on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance.”
According to information from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian household spends more than $12,000 a year on transportation alone.
This is the second highest family expense, next to housing costs.
“It’s important to note that carpooling doesn’t require a large commitment, said Anne Marie Thornton, manager of Carpool.ca.
“Our desire to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions tends to be secondary to our need for convenience, so consider carpooling once or twice a week to start.”
Those who participate in the Carpool Month activities are eligible to win $100 fuel cards.
Carpool Month activities include:
o Registering as a new user at Carpool.ca.
o Returning to Carpool.ca as an existing user and searching for carpool partners.
o Submitting an inspirational carpool story through Carpool.ca.
o Completing an online survey at Carpool.ca.
o Using the site’s Trip Tracker feature to measure savings from trips not taken.
o Calculating costs and potential savings using the site’s Cost Calculator and sharing the results on Facebook or Twitter
o Using Facebook to play Tuesday Transportation Trivia or participate in Pool Polls. Visit Facebook.com/CarpoolDotCA or follow @CarpoolDotCA on Twitter.