Vermont offers prices for green journeys
Ask any Vermonter: when it comes to getting to and from work, convenience matters.
In most cases, that means driving.
People who take the state “Path to follow!” challenge between May 1 and May 16, you can experience the benefits of walking, biking, taking the bus or carpooling – even for a few days – and qualifying for smart and useful prizes.
A folding electric bicycle will go to the most dedicated participants. Less ambitious commuters can shoot for pairs of Darn Tough socks, a weatherproof shopping cart, walking bike safety gear, or $ 50 gift cards.
So why is the Vermont Agency of Transportation offering loot to lure more commuters away from their usual solo car trips?
Congestion and degraded air quality are among the drawbacks, agency planners say; while more active and social travel translates into better health, lower costs and greater energy efficiency.
By registering for the Way to Go challenge, you automatically enter a prize draw.
With the smartphone app downloaded (or via a computer), commuters can save their out-of-car trip miles and earn points to win prizes.
The Transport Office also maintains an online hub for tools that help Vermonters set up carpools and track bus locations.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 students and school staff can also participate in the challenge, but with slightly different rules.
Learn more and register on connectioncommuters.org/waytogo.
Contact Joel Banner Baird at 802-660-1843 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @VTgoingUp.
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