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.
Smart Commute’s ride matching website can help you find a carpool partner! The Smart Commute Tool is free, easy and non-commital. Simply set your origin and destination for a regular or one-time trip. The Smart Commute tool will match the user with others who have a similar travel plan. Register on Sanofi’s Network and enter a starting address, along with your weekly schedule and travel preferences. View potential matches and send invitations through the website. After agreeing to share a ride, your carpool will be formed and you can start enjoying the benefits of smart commuting. 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: Route 60 services the Steeles West area. Depart at Steeles and Conley/Hidden Trail.
YRT/Viva: Route 3 services the Thornhill area. Depart at Steeles and Conley/Hidden Trail.
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.