A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

It's Commute Another Way Week!

With the nice weather this week, I've seen a lot more cyclists out on the streets on my daily commute - not only in Portland but along Routes 1 and 88 in Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth as well.

This week happens to be "Commute Another Way" week, organized by GoMaine. If this blog's regular readers take the name literally, it sounds like we're expected to drive for a change. But the idea is to get more Mainers to try sustainable modes of transportation, like biking, walking, and transit, in order to reduce costs, congestion, and air pollution. GoMaine tallied results from last year's Commute Another Way Week and found that the 5,000 participants prevented over three tons of air pollution and $76,000 in commuting costs in a single day.

And tomorrow is Bike to Work Day, which is being celebrated nationwide. It looks like the forecast is calling for some light rain showers overnight, but things will be clearing up by the morning commute.

If there's anyone out there who's curious about trying bike commuting for the first time tomorrow, but you're curious about the best route, e-mail me (christiannealmcneil at yahoo dot com) and I'll be happy to help you out.

1 comment:

Turbo said...

Is a scooter considered "another way", or is that "the same way"?