Biking to work is easily the most fun way to commute. Aside from getting your daily exercise on your way to work, riding with the breeze in your face makes for happy and productive employees throughout the day.
This week (Oct 4-10) is California Rideshare Week, a time for all of us who drive alone to try another method of commuting. Whether you ride a bike, catch a bus or train, or fill the passenger seat of your car, it’s time for Angelenos to ditch driving alone to work.
Research produced by the California Air Resources Board and Metro surveys has revealed some unsettling findings:
- 37% of Greenhouse Gases are produced by transportation (CARB)
- 71% of those emissions originate from passenger vehicles (CARB)
- 72% of Angelenos drive to work alone (Metro Rideshare Surveys)
NASA JPL reports that Greenhouse Gas emissions are at an all-time high in California and we are witnessing one of the severest droughts known to the area. It is very likely that all people choosing to drive alone to work everyday are significantly contributing to our state’s pollution problems and waterless woes.
In response, Metro Rideshare has prepared a brand new program for Rideshare Week 2015 to shed light on why we need to #ShareTheRide and how you can get started. The program provides educational opportunities as well as mega fun community engagement. Visit metro.net/rideshare for a full list of event times and locations.
Highlights of the week we are looking forward to include:
- A Karaoke Rickshaw with free giveaways for commuters singing pop hits in English, Korean, Chinese, and Spanish.
- Guided bike rides and carpools sharing the ride to Ambulante Film Festival.
- Eastside Commuter Interviews gathered and published through social media to engage and discuss traveling in various communities in person and online. #Mobilizate
- Prize giveaways by logging your trip on the Commute Calendar at ridematch.info. You can win 7-day Metro passes, gift cards, handbags, and more!