"Commute Week" encourages green transportation



Have you ever wondered if you might be able to get back and forth to work via bus, bike, or your own two feet?

Well, May 5-9 may be the perfect time to try out that concept. During that time period, the city is hosting its first "Commute Week," encouraging commuters to seek out green transportation options. In addition to feeling good about themselves, participants are eligible for discounts at local businesses and will be invited to join in a community party.

Read on:

Colorado Springs’ First Annual Commute Week to be Held May 5-9, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) has partnered with local businesses and organizations with an interest in alternative modes of transportation to coordinate Colorado Springs’ first ever Commute Week, May 5-9. The goal of Commute Week is to promote the benefits of green commuting by raising awareness of new bus routes, community programs and available resources that help to make commuting by biking, walking, carpooling and riding local transit a sound transportation choice for citizens of Colorado Springs.

Commute Week festivities will include discounts from local businesses for transit riders throughout the week; a Try Transit Celebration which will take place on Friday, May 9 from 12-8 p.m. at Ivywild School with entertainment for kids, live music, drawings and giveaways; and a Commuter Challenge encouraging local employees to ban together and pledge to use alternative modes of transport to commute to work at least one day during Commute Week. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Local partners and sponsors of Commute Week include Ivywild School, Millibo Art Theatre, Amblicab, Beauty Bar, City Rock, Fifty Fifty Coffee House, Radiantly Raw, Sports Authority, The Independence Center, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Transit Passenger Advisory Committee and Fort Carson Morale, Welfare and Recreation. For more information, or to pledge sponsorship or participation, please contact Kelley Heider at kheider@springsgov.com.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Mountain Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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