The 2015-16 school year has kicked off and is shaping up to be the biggest year ever for Way to Go’s Schoolpool program. More than 130 schools around the region work with the Way to Go team to match students and families who live close to each other and could share a ride to school. Schoolpool lets parents share driving responsibilities with neighbors and provides a list of people they can contact, for full- or part-time carpooling. The program also serves as emergency transportation in case of bad weather, illness or car trouble.
News and Announcements
Northeast Transportation Connections invites you to the third annual NE Walk Fest! Taking place on September 26 from noon to 4 p.m., this year’s Walk Fest will feature a community block party devoted to improving walking conditions, strengthening neighborhood connections and promoting neighborhood and pedestrian safety throughout Northeast Denver. The event includes 10 free themed walks, free music and food, a local art show, bookmobile, free shoe giveaway, and scavenger hunt.
The CarFit program is designed to help drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle, to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others. The inspection of your vehicle takes 20 minutes or less. You can schedule an appointment so you will be served at a time convenient to you.
Way to Go recently surveyed 590 commuters who visited the MyWayToGo.org website in 2014. The survey asked how they found out about the website, their past and current commuting behaviors and their overall user experience and satisfaction with the site. While detailed survey results will be available online in April 2015, here is a sneak peek.
DRCOG and its Way to Go partners, the Downtown Denver Partnership, Smart Commute Metro North and vRide, are organizing a speed networking event May 7 at Wynkoop Brewery. The event will be a chance for downtown workers to potentially match up other attendees who have compatible schedules, commutes, and personalities with the hope of forming a new carpool or vanpool.
Registration is now open for the April 30 Regional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Summit hosted by Way to Go. Steve Coast, founder of Open Street Map (OSM), will give the keynote address. OSM is a collaborative project designed to create a free, editable map of the world.
In the Spring 2015, edition of Esri’s State & Local Government publication, Way to Go’s Schoolpool program, a free matching service for schools and parents, is featured as a case study and model for the nation. Esri writes “The new smart-city based approach of combining end-user data with leading-edge . . .
The Denver region is gearing up for HOV3 in 2017. HOV stands for High-Occupancy Vehicle, and the 3 in HOV3 indicates three or more passengers. How have commuters in other parts of the United States figured out solutions to their HOV3 lanes?