According to a recent Angus Reid survey commissioned by the Calgary Herald's Project Calgary, more than half of Calgarians drive to work or school and only five percent carpool. While thirty-seven percent of people polled said that they would prefer to walk, Calgary's size (and Calgarians' love affair with driving) often make walking to work or school unrealistic.
October 17 is the beginning of Calgary's 9th Annual Carpool Week. The City of Calgary, along with Carpool.ca, launched the first Carpool Week Campaign in 2003.
If you register to participate in Carpool Week, you are eligible to win an iPad, a Kindle, a GPS navigation system and $100 fuel gift cards. In addition to being better for the environment, carpooling also saves you money. According to the City of Calgary, carpooling one day a week can reduce commuting costs by 10 percent.
Save money, be eligible for prizes, get the warm fuzzies for helping the environment, and perhaps even enjoy some good company on your commute—what are you waiting for? Try carpooling if you haven't already. So you can drive my car (or at least sit in the passenger seat. Let's fill some empty seats!).
And maybe I'll love you. (Beep beep'm beep beep yeah.)
Read more about the Angus Reid survey and about Project Calgary in this Calgary Herald article: "The long drive to work eats away at happiness."
Learn more about the Calgary's successful Regional Carpool Program.