Keen mo­torists are driven to join Car­pool Day

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Car­pool Day or­gan­is­ers want to see sev­eral peo­ple belt up in ev­ery car.

They are try­ing to min­imise Auck­land’s traf­fic woes by en­cour­ag­ing fam­ily, friends and work col­leagues to share trans­port.

Car­pool Day is planned for next Wed­nes­day and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist Sarah Painter says the idea stemmed from her own house­hold.

“My part­ner car­pools – it’s re­ally fast, saves money, there is less wear and tear on the car and I can sit in the back and read.”

Her part­ner uses the three-per­son or more tran­sit lanes on the North Shore.

Miss Painter and a group of vol­un­teers are aim­ing for 1000 peo­ple to take part.

Vol­un­teer Sandy McGivern calls her­self a so­cial car­pooler, us­ing it when she heads out to a movie or a party.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to make sure ev­ery­thing keeps tick­ing over and it makes a dent in the petrol bill.”

She says car-pool­ing is a com­mu­nity word-of-mouth con­cept that is great for per­son to per­son con­tact.

“I think it’s em­pow­er­ing to be part of some­thing that’s driven purely by peo­ple de­cid­ing that some­thing needs to be done and there’s noth­ing stop­ping us do­ing it our­selves.”

Auck­land City Coun­cil trans­port pol­icy group man­ager Brian Tom­lin­son says the day is a great idea.

“It will in­crease trans­port choices and re­duce con­ges­tion.”

To reg­is­ter a group visit www.car­pool day.com.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Strapped in: Car­pool en­thu­si­asts from left: Sandy McGivern, Ar­wen Vant and Sarah Painter.

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