CT Rides Week at Bigelow Tea May 13 to May 17 2013

Employee Education
Employee Education

CT Rides Week...by Jim Gildea

Governor Dannel Malloy issued a proclamation declaring that May 13th through May 17th was CT Rides Week and encouraged all solitary drivers to try alternative methods of transportation when traveling or working within the State of Connecticut - even if it was for just one day that week. Drivers were asked to take advantage of various ride sharing options including bus, train or by joining a carpool or vanpool.

By visiting www.CTrides.com/week  commuters were able to sign up to participate and join others who also shared a ride during CT Rides Week. As part of the week's challenge, CT Rides was on site on during Earth Week (April 23, 2013) encouraging people to sign up and pre-registering employees. All those who signed up during this visit were eligible to enter a drawing to win a gift basket containing a Dunkin Donut gift card, latte mug, tote bag, water bottle and hand sanitizer. As part of phase 2 of our event, CT Rides was back out on Monday May 13, 2013, encouraging people to sign up and actually share a ride. For all those who actually car pooled, biked, walked, used the train or bus, they were eligible for our second raffle where we raffled off as a pair of tickets to Grand Central Station from the Fairfield Metro.

The week was very successful on a number of different fronts. Nearly 20% of our employees participated in CT Rides Week and our efforts were picked up by a number of different media outlets. More importantly, the environment and the Earth benefited. Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut's air quality. An individual switching a 20-mile round trip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. Additionally, sharing a ride can afford a variety of benefits to commuters including saving money on the cost of maintaining personal vehicles and the cost of parking, providing some protection from the rising cost of fuel and a less stressful commute.






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