The Atkinson Diet - A local response to Global Warming - Love Where You Live

The Atkinson Diet - A local response to Global Warming - Love Where You Live

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won''t you reach out and share a ride

CARPOOLING MADE EASY www.erideshare.com

We use a lot of energy to get around, traveling many miles, often without planning which would have avoided those miles, and often alone. The internet is a new tool which can help us to connect with each other, take some cars off the road, leave some of that fuel in the ground, avoid more road wear and tear, reduce traffic jams, keep some money in our pockets, and keep some pollutants out of the air. It is, essentially, virtual hitchhiking, but a lot safer.*

How much money can be saved by carpooling? Quite a bit. According to the American Automobile Association, it costs an average of 26.2 cents per mile to drive a car. This includes gasoline, oil, maintenance, tires, and depreciation. For a 40-mile round-trip commute, this comes to $10.48 per day, $220 monthly, and $2640 annually. Tolls and parking are additional.

eRideShare.com is a web site which facilitates this kind of sharing. A willing rider or driver registers, and puts in information offering or requesting a ride in one of three categories:

Carpool- good for daily commuting or regularly scheduled events such as classes, club meetings, athletics, religious services, or other events where most attendees would be arriving and departing at the same time, for example: Rotary Club, Lions Club, play practice, basketball games, yoga class, church, school

Travel- for longer distance or irregular travel, including weekend commutes, etc.

Errands/carsharing- for sharing shopping trips or other rides with others in the community to save money and energy

This could be a great community resource. If we all would take the first step of registering, and then remember to both post to the site and check the site for requests, the number of cars driven and time and money spent could be greatly reduced. Maybe if we declared a certain week rideshare week, and all really made the effort to connect with others to reduce driving, we could prove to ourselves that this could work. Even Jeremy is offering anyone a ride on his handlebars if they want to go where he is going.

*Original connection is made only by e-mail, after that it is up to the parties to choose to contact more directly."

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has information to facilitate ridesharing on their website at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/parkride/index.htm. You can learn about Park & Ride Lot locations, and about the state vanpool program for commuters to Madison, whether state employees or not http://www.doa.state.wi.us/section_detail.asp?linkcatid=300&linkid;=49&locid;=2.

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