It is estimated that the average annual cost to own and operate a personal vehicle is somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Carpooling allows you to share that expense, leaving you with cash for other things.
The Smart Commute Tool is a free, easy, and non-commital online ride-matching service provided by Smart Commute. It rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling. Join the Humber River Regional Network and simply set your origin and destination for a regular or one-time trip. The Smart Commute tool will match you with others who have a similar travel plan. Users can search and view potential trip matches that are based upon a specific radius from beginning and ending locations. Best of all, the Smart Commute Tool rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling.
Already carpool? Take advantage of HOV lanes and provincial carpool parking lots as meeting locations.
TTC: The 35 Jane route services the Church site. Take the 35 to Jane Street at Church Street. Walk or bike south on Jane Street toward Church Street and turn right onto Church Street (400 meters).
The 36 Finch West route services the Finch site. Depart at Finch Avenue West at Keele Street and walk or ride west on Finch Ave W toward Norfinch Drive (about 110 metres).
The 41 Keele route services the Keele site. Depart at Keele Street at Greenbrook Drive Farside and walk or ride south on Keele to 2175 Keele Street.
If you live within 10 kilometers of work, active commuting may work for you!
Did you know that the average person can walk 1km in 10 minutes and can bike 1km in less than 5 minutes? Walking/running is one of the best ways to commute. It’s cost-free, emits zero GHG pollutants into the air and promotes physical health.
If you’re considering using your bike as part of your commute, why not “Rack it and Rocket” with the TTC? Bikes are stored at the front end of the bus. View a demonstration on TTC bike racks here.
If needed, improve your fitness by doing short evening rides to start, or try riding part of the way to work and taking public transit the rest of the way. Take a cycling course such as CAN-Bike (www.canbike.net), and read the Highway Traffic Act for information on cycling rights at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.
Active commuting doesn’t mean you are limited to staying at work during your breaks. Try walking, biking, or taking transit to local stores during your break. Running your errands on lunch also means that you can go straight home after work.