May 5, 2006
The City of Charlottesville celebrated Clean Commute day at Washington Park this afternoon. It’s all part of a statewide effort to get people to walk, bike, car pool and take public transit.
“What we are pointing out today is that we have bicycle racks on all of our CTS buses,” said Charles Petty of CTS.
People who want to bike one way and ride another can take advantage of this CTS service.
Another service available to commuters is ride share. As rising gas prices are making it more and more expensive to get to work, many are choosing to share a ride.
“We've actually seen a lot more interest in the past month I have been getting more and more phone calls from people and that really helps us as well because the more people that contact us the more people we are able to match and get carpooling,” said Lisa Horanyi of Ride Share
Biking, walking, using hybrid vehicles and riding the bus not only help keep the air clean but will save you money. Taking the bus back and forth to work for one month costs less than one tank of gas and its estimated that those who car pool save more than $6,000 commuting each year. All lessons organizers of today's event are hoping parents and children will walk away with.
“We are teaching little kids today and hopefully they will start the habits now and encourage their parents to do so and also when they get older be clean commuters,” said Rhonda Edmunds, Transportation Program Manager.
Plus encouraging kids to make a clean get away also encourages them to live a healthy lifestyle.
As part of clean commute day, CTS bus service has been giving free rides all day.