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This is your lucky month if you are either an environmentalist or a cheapskate. Everyone knows that driving excessively in gas-guzzling automobiles leaves huge carbon footprints and such. And everyone also knows that gas prices in Boise, and around the country, are ridiculously high right now. So it’s pretty convenient that May in Boise is May in Motion, a month-long program that encourages Valley residents to explore transportation alternatives.

Alternative Transportation Rules May in Motion

This is your lucky month if you are either an environmentalist or a cheapskate.

Everyone knows that driving excessively in gas-guzzling automobiles leaves huge carbon footprints and such. And everyone also knows that gas prices in Boise, and around the country, are ridiculously high right now. So it’s pretty convenient that May in Boise is May in Motion, a month-long program that encourages Valley residents to explore transportation alternatives.

It is an annual event organized by Ada County Highway District Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit and supported by folks concerned about the long-term vitality of the Treasure Valley.

The promotion, which you might have seen supported in your office, is designed to inform locals about transportation-related issues and encourage participation in transportation alternatives.

Some transportation options that May in Motion promotes: carpooling and vanpooling, biking, walking, mass transit, and park-and-ride programs. ACHD offers ridematching and other carpool and vanpool programs with incentives such as first month free, quarterly rebates for vanpool riders and the drivers incentive program.

ACHD also offers benefits to participants, including discounted Valley Ride employer monthly bus passes, Transi-Cheks (in which new riders on Commuteride Vanpools and Valley Ride buses will be subsidized $20 for each of the first three months fare) and a guaranteed ride home (reimbursement for a taxi ride home in the case of an emergency or an unscheduled overtime).

The organizers bill May in Motion as a program that appeals to everyone from residents concerned about traffic congestion and air quality to commuters and business owners to local governmental officials.

Check out the Boise Bike Week Schedule and get background and information on May in Motion and the rideshare program at the Commuteride web site.

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  1. And for those of you who are interested in our sad little bus system, let me recommend my Boise Bus Blog. It’s basically my efforts to document my New Year’s Resolution to ride the bus whenever I can. It’s not easy when they stop at 6 p.m. and only run once an hour midday – and never on Sundays.

    http://boisebusblog.blogspot.com/

  2. Our local school, Highlands Elementary, is having a walk, bike, scooter or carpool week next week to get parents more accustomed to building these alternatives into their schedules. We’d love more schools to do the same. My daughter’s fourth grade class will be surveying the school community to see how many trips were saved and to inform all of us of what kind of carbon fuel savings we can realize as a school community. Join us in cutting back your trips…and then try to do it again the next week and the next…