VCTC Makes It Easy to Try an Alternative Commute during Ride Week

Pledging to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or ride the bus enters commuters into prize drawing

Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) announced today the launch of Ride Week 2016. Happening October 3-7, Ride Week is part of a regional campaign to encourage commuters to try heathier modes of travel while helping reduce traffic and air pollution in Southern California.

Ventura County commuters face increasing traffic congestion and ever longer delays during their trips to work or school. Research shows that more than 76 percent of area travelers drive alone in their cars and approximately one-third of them spend an hour or more during on their daily roundtrip drive.

Ride Week asks workers and students to pledge to try an alternative transportation method, including carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking or riding the bus, at least once from Oct. 3-7. Individuals who make that pledge will be entered into a prize drawing for an Apple Watch, one of two $100 VISA gift cards or one of three VCTC gift packs.

To enter the Ride Week contest, visit www.rideweek.org and pledge by Oct. 13. Not only will entrants become eligible to win prizes, they can also request a personalized RideGuide with customized travel options and contact information for possible ridesharing partners.

“We want to show drivers that there are easy and affordable alternatives to a solo commute,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle.  “By giving people a taste of other travel modes during Ride Week, we’re confident they will find an alternative they like throughout the year.”

This year’s Ride Week slogan, VCTC Makes It Easy, highlights the myriad services VCTC offers to facilitate convenient travel. Ventura County’s go-to resource for commuters, VCTC provides reliable intercity bus service, carpool partner matching, a Guaranteed Home Program for workers who rideshare on a regular basis and much more. Visit www.goventura.org/rideshare for details.

For more information about transportation, air quality and ridesharing during Ride Week or any week, follow VCTC (@goVCTC) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and VCAPCD (@VCAPCD) on Twitter.

The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at goventura.org.

 

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