A commute point
Tomorrow is Commute Another Way Day! In Maine, at least (anyone know of this happening elsewhere?), this is an annual event to promote carpools, vanpools, public transit, biking, walking, pogo-sticking, and other eco-friendly alternatives to that long, lonely slog to and from the 9-to-5. According to the CAWD website:
Last year, more than 500 employers and 5,000 commuters got involved statewide, helping to reduce traffic congestion and auto emissions by eliminating 6,000 auto trips; 62,000 auto miles; 1.65 tons of harmful pollution; and $32,000 in commuting costs … all in a single day!
And you know what else those commuters did? They won prizes! Who doesn’t love prizes?
So hop in/on/around/to one of these official Transportation Mode Choices and commute another way!
And speaking of earth-friendly commutes, this week’s InterActivist, Don Shaffer, is co-owner of Comet Skateboards — a San Francisco company making eco-‘boards at the world’s only solar-powered skateboard factory. Shaffer takes his work home (and then back to work?) by commuting via a skateboard + BART combo.
And as InterActivist this week, he’s also taking questions from the Grist peanut gallery — until the deadline tomorrow at noon (PDT), that is. Ask him about poppin’ ollies on the way home from work. Or ask him about his other passion — providing support to small, local businesses trying to fight corporate cronyism. Ask him anything! We’ll publish his answers to selected questions on Friday.