The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is playing match-maker this month, at least on the roads. As part of the ongoing effort to make it easier for people to drive less, the RMOW and community partners are showing how easy it can be to connect and share the ride. Whether on local transit, shuttle from the city, with a friend or coworker, it makes sense to travel together to the same destination.
In January, the RMOW helped to get people excited about using the Valley Trail, even in the winter months. The snowy weather didn’t deter our mountain-loving community from jumping into snow boots and onto skis and bikes to get around, with more than 100 people sharing their stories through the #ActivateYourTravel campaign in just 10 days.
In February, the focus is now on the benefit of carpooling and transit. From financial savings to catching up with friends, traveling together in a vehicle is less stressful and more enjoyable. The local Pique newspaper is helping to create buzz with their Valentine’s Day contest, where people are encouraged to share their travel love stories, and both local radio stations are also hosting contests. Tune in to win great prizes!
Whistler’s friendly and welcoming community culture can help to solve some of our biggest challenges. Finding new ways to get around without driving by themselves means opening up to new possibilities and meeting new people. Sometimes the hardest part is asking the question: are you interested in carpooling? New “ice breaker” carpool Valentine’s available at www.whistler.ca/sharetheride.
The RMOW now offers monthly carpool parking passes, with up to four license plates attached to a single pass. This means that people commuting to Whistler Village can enjoy more flexibility in how they travel, making it easier to create a lifestyle that less reliant on vehicle travel.
Whistler Transit is another solution that adds flexibility and convenience. Throughout the month of February, the RMOW and BC Transit will be helping to break down misconceptions about bus travel. Every day is Family Day on Whistler Transit. This winter season, leave the driving and parking to us and benefit from the Whistler Family Travel Program. Bring up to three children 12 and younger on the bus for free. For more information, visit www.whistler.ca/transit.
Helping Whistler reduce road congestion and emissions
There are significant benefits to individuals and communities that integrate public transit, carpool or active transportation into daily routines. Limiting reliance on personal vehicles results in reduced household expenses, improved personal health and local air quality, increased road safety, and increased overall community well-being. It is also the most significant action individuals can take to decrease local contributions to emissions, as 68 per cent of Whistler’s day to day community greenhouse gas emissions are the result of personal vehicle travel.