Friday, March 2, 2012

Get Ready for April's “Taking it to the Streets”

This April – Carpool, Vanpool, Ride the Bus, Bike, Walk, Telework

The public is encouraged to discover ways to save money on gas and travel, plus improve health this April by joining Taking it to the Streets! The campaign urges people to use alternative transportation modes and track their trips with Trip Track to win prizes donated by local organizations.

Taking it to the Streets is a regional campaign spanning 12 counties in Southwest Florida. Activities include worksite and college campus challenges to try alternatives to driving alone, such as biking, walking, carpooling, taking public transit, working from home/teleworking, starting a vanpool and more.

“Try Transit Day” is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2012, when transit agencies throughout the region will be offering specials to riders. LeeTran will be offering free rides all day.

In Lee County, the City of Fort Myers, Lee County Office of Sustainability, BikeWalkLee, and the Lee County Health Department have teamed up with the Florida Department of Transportation’s Commuter Services program to organize this campaign.

A Transportation Expo of workshops and resources will be on display at the NW Regional Library in Cape Coral March 19-May 1. Other activities will be listed on the campaign’s Facebook page and campaign organizer websites.

“Individual transportation choices can change an entire community,” says Lee County Commissioner and Commuter Services Ambassador Ray Judah. “The goal of this campaign is to give people and organizations a fun opportunity to take proactive steps in how they get around our area. For some, those steps will save them a lot of money!” said Judah.

Get registered; find information on transportation choices, sign up for carpool/vanpool ride-matching and get help with Trip Track at “Like” the Taking it to the Streets SWFL Facebook page, tag and post your participation at
Get a media kit, campaign materials, and suggestions for challenges today by contacting Commuter Services at (866) 585-RIDE (7433).

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