Sher­brooke Sus­tain­able Mo­bil­ity Week

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Sher­brooke Sus­tain­able Mo­bil­ity Week (SMDS) will be held this year from Oc­to­ber 8 to 14 un­der the theme "This week, I choose sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity".

The Pres­i­dent of the Sher­brooke Trans­porta­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (STS) and the Sher­brooke Sus­tain­able Mo­bil­ity Cen­ter (CMDS), Marc De­nault, pointed out that this CMDS ini­tia­tive is aimed pri­mar­ily at in­form­ing Sher­brooke res­i­dents about sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity and to make them more aware of its para­mount im­por­tance in im­prov­ing their qual­ity of life.

The CMDS Chair no­teed that the con­cept of sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity refers to "the abil­ity of cit­i­zens to move ef­fi­ciently, com­fort­ably, and safely us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly modes of travel, but that are also planned and in­te­grated ac­cord­ing to the choices and re­spon­si­ble prac­tices in terms of town and re­gional plan­ning.

In prac­tice, in an ef­fort to re­duce solo car use, the pub­lic is en­cour­aged to use one of the fol­low­ing modes of trans­porta­tion to get around: pub­lic trans­porta­tion such as buses, trans­port on de­mand, al­ter­na­tive trans­porta­tion, such as car­pool­ing or car shar­ing, and ac­tive trans­porta­tion such as cy­cling, walk­ing, rollerblad­ing, long­board­ing and the many other new emerg­ing trends.

To en­cour­age Sher­brooke res­i­dents to choose sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity, the Sher­brooke Trans­porta­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (STS) will of­fer free pub­lic tran­sit services on Satur­day, Oct. 13 and Sun­day, Oct. 14, to ev­ery­one ac­com­pa­ny­ing an STS cus­tomer (buy one, get one free), on pre­sen­ta­tion of a valid ticket, namely a pass, cash pay­ment or to­ken.

Among other ac­tiv­i­ties planned in the pro­gram, are a 5 á 7 or­ga­nized by the Re­gional Coun­cil of the Eastern Town­ships (CREE), with pro­jec­tions of short videos and ex­change on Tues­day, Oct. 9 at Si­boire on De­pot Street in down­town Sher­brooke.

In ad­di­tion, as part of the An­nual Con­fer­ence of the Que­bec Ur­ban Tran­sit As­so­ci­a­tion (ATUQ), to be held this year in Sher­brooke, the pop­u­la­tion will be in­vited to test an au­ton­o­mous shut­tle in op­er­a­tion and to see some ve­hi­cles on dis­play at the Marché de la Gare on Wed­nes­day Oct. 10, noon to 5 p.m.

For the full list of events and ac­tiv­i­ties, visit www.mo­bilit­e­durable.qc.ca

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