Keen motorists are driven to join Carpool Day
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.
Strapped in: Carpool enthusiasts from left: Sandy McGivern, Arwen Vant and Sarah Painter.