Rideshare Month         October 2013
Rideshare Week           October 7-11, 2013

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Rideshare 2013 is now over. Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who participated. Rideshare Week is a nationally recognized event held the first full week in October to promote an alternative commute to driving alone. San Diegans were asked to celebrate all month long by taking the challenge to replace their solo drive with a new, more sustainable commute choice: carpool, bike, vanpool, take transit, walk, telework, or compressed workweek schedule. The Corporate and Commuter Challenges ran October 1 – 31 and helped contribute to significant environmental savings:

  • 13.2 million vehicle miles not traveled, enough to circle the Earth 534 times! 
  • 575,420 gallons of gasoline saved, which amounts to almost $2.3 million in fuel cost savings.
  • 11.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions avoided, the same amount emitted from electricity use of 448 homes for one year.


Rideshare
2013 Corporate Challenge

Thirty-nine organizations representing more than 82,000 employees participated in the iCommute Rideshare Corporate Challenge as a fun way to support corporate transportation, parking, and environmental/green goals, help employees save money on their commute, and show them that getting to work doesn’t have to be hard work! Organizations encouraged employees to replace their solo commute with a new, more sustainable commute choice. From October 1 - 31, employers received one point for every eligible commute trip each employee logged. These employers won the challenge by having the highest average number of points in their size category – congratulations!

•  Micro Employer:  JO Communications 
•  Small Employer:  Parsons Brinckerhoff 
•  Medium Employer:  RECON Environmental, Inc. 
•  Large Employer:  Caltrans District 11 
•  Macro Employer:  The Scripps Research Institute 
•  Mega Employer:  Sharp HealthCare

Winners will receive recognition in print ads in the U-T San Diego and San Diego Business Journal, a commemorative plaque, and mention on the iCommute website and in a SANDAG press release.

Rideshare 2013 Commuter Challenge

More than 2,400 individuals pledged to replace their solo commute with a more sustainable commute choice during the Rideshare 2013 Commuter Challenge. Participants were asked to liven up their commute and try alternatives to driving alone. By participating in the challenge, commuters could save money, reduce stress, burn calories, recapture some time, and have the chance to win great prizes!

The fun and benefits don’t end with Rideshare Month 
There are monthly prize drawings for commuters who use alternative, more sustainable ways of getting to work or school. Anyone who logs at least eight trips per month in TripTracker (four round trips) is eligible. Get started by logging into your existing iCommute account, or set up a new account. Then, log your trips in TripTracker for the chance to win! 

If you are new to ridesharing or would like to learn more, we have all the tools you need:

  • RideMatcher is a simple and secure way to find carpool or vanpool partners, or a bike or walk buddy.
  • Determine your environmental and cost savings with the Commute Cost Calculator.
  • Use the Transit Trip Planner to find which Trolley, bus, or train is right for you.
  • Never be stranded with Guaranteed Ride Home. If you carpool, vanpool, take the COASTER, ride an Ex­press Bus, walk, or bike to work three or more times a week, you have a built-in safety net when there is an emergency.

For more information, call 511 and say "iCommute," or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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