Catch a ride to work, reduce car emissions and win prizes

It's Carpool Week Oct. 22-26. Catch a ride to work.

October 22 to 26 is the Okanagan’s sixth annual Carpool Week.

Spice up your lonely commute by squeezing a few co-workers into your car—or leave your car at home and catch a ride with a neighbour.

“We are encouraging residents of The Central Okanagan to give carpooling a try,” said Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation coordinator for the City of Kelowna.

“Carpool.ca is funded in part by the City and its partners, to provide a tool to help you find a carpool match.”

Carpool.ca is an initiative that reflects smartTRIPS commitment to providing opportunities for residents to reduce their drive-alone travel.

The goal of Carpool Week is to increase commuter awareness of carpooling as a convenient way to save money while reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Participants of Carpool Week can win great prizes such as a GPS navigation system, free gas and more,” said Kittmer.

Some residents are taking an extra step and giving up their car completely.

“We are really excited to have the Okanagan Car-Share Cooperative developing the Okanagan’s first car share program. It’s a great alternative for those who occasionally need a car, rather than owning one, or owning that second vehicle that’s seldom used,” said Kittmer.

The Okanagan Car-Share Cooperative is currently under development and will be having a membership launch on Nov. 8.

For more information on carpooling, or to register for Carpool Week, visit www.carpool.ca.

Additional information about alternative forms of transportation in the Central Okanagan, including carpooling and car sharing can be found at smartTRIPS.ca.

The smartTRIPS program is a regional partnership between the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan and District of West Kelowna.