Nearly one year ago, more than a thousand Valley residents participated in the Valley’s annual Rideshare Month Commuter Challenge. It not only resulted in a savings of emissions, time and money, participants shaved off 609,000 calories by biking and walking instead of driving. That’s equal to more than 2,000 slices of pizza! The intent of Rideshare Month is to start a new healthy habit, while also supporting Travel Reduction Program goals.
“Studies show that sharing the ride reduces stress, helps save time and money, and improves overall air quality and traffic congestion,” said Abigail Cooksey-Williams, Commute Solutions Manager at Valley Metro. “Then, we like to add in a little more fun by offering multiple chances to win prizes if you participate.”
Commuters who take the pledge at ShareTheRide.com through September 30 will have a chance to win a $25 gift card. They can also sign up and track trips in October during the commuter challenge for the chance to win more prizes. There will also be special contests for followers of the ShareTheRideandSave Facebook page.
ShareTheRide.com is a self-guided website that provides commuters with a variety of options on how they can make their trip to work cleaner and greener. The website connects commuters to nearby carpools, vanpools, bike/walk or telework options and provides the most efficient public transit routes that fit their schedules.
In addition to the contests on ShareTheRide.com, movie-goers at Harkins Theatres will view a pre-show public service announcement (PSA) that includes a contest to win free movie tickets. The animated PSA will run from mid-September through mid-October. Those who take a photo of the video PSA and post it online with the hashtag #RideshareMonth2021, along with the name of their favorite transportation-themed movie, will have yet another chance to win a prize.
About Commute Solutions: Commute Solutions is sponsored by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department, and Valley Metro.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in Maricopa County, the fastest growing county in U.S. In Fiscal Year 2021, at just over 27 million riders, transit ridership experienced a sharp decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the call for essential trips only on both bus and light rail. While life in metro Phoenix returns to a new normal, progress continues on five high-capacity transit extensions that are either in planning or under construction to create a 50-mile rail system by 2030. In late 2021, Valley Metro will open the region’s first streetcar line in Tempe that features the Valley’s first off-wire operations in the system. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. In additional federal and local funds, Valley Metro receives critical capital and operations funds from Prop. 400, the 20-year, regional half-cent transportation sales tax that is set to expire in 2025. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter or by visiting valleymetro.org.