Sick of the traffic jams? Want an easy way to reduce your impact on the environment? Aucklander Sarah Painter has a solution – she is organising Auckland’s first carpool day on Wednesday 5 August 2009.
Sarah says that Carpool Day is about trying out carpooling.
“It might sound like a crazy idea but we’d like Aucklanders to have a go for one day – share their cars, make a difference to the Auckland traffic situation, do something positive for the environment, save themselves money, and have fun with some friends.
“We’ve set up a website www.carpoolday.com where people can make a pledge to carpool on Carpool Day, find out more about carpooling, and get advice on finding fellow carpoolers. We’re hoping that people will be so interested in the idea of Carpool Day they’ll encourage their friends and family to pledge as well. Our goal is to have 1,000 people carpool on Carpool Day.
“Carpooling may be something people try and then continue doing, or maybe it won’t. By having a go on Wednesday 5 August, you’ll get to make a difference to the traffic and to the environment, and find out if carpooling is something you want to do more regularly.”
Sarah, an environmental educator, was inspired by her partner Ian who carpools to work every day with family members.
“I got a ride with my partner and his family one day and it was a lot more fun than I’d expected, so then I wanted to help others try out carpooling. I think we all know there are too many cars on the road in Auckland, and for many people, public transport is not a viable option.
“Carpooling is the perfect solution – it saves time, money, fuel, wear and tear on your car, and reduces traffic congestion and air pollution, makes the commute less stressful because the driving is shared, and you get to spend time with friends.”
Carpool Day is an entirely voluntary project – Sarah has roped in friends to help, and is looking for more people to get involved and make it happen. Visit www.carpoolday.com to find out more.