TravelSmart is about showing Metro Vancouverites that we have options when it comes to the way we travel. And not just options, but smarter options.
We know that you’re concerned these days about the environment and other sustainability issues. But what does this mean for you at the everyday level? By choosing smarter, environmentally-friendly modes of travel, you can help make choices that will benefit yourself, your community and the environment.
More than a just a program, TravelSmart is a lifestyle. Consider this a tool to help you understand that your travel choices impact everything from your wallet to your health to the air quality. Choices as simple as ride-sharing with a car full of friends on your way to school, cycling to work or carsharing to run weekend errands - all of these choices have immediate and long-term benefits.
If the Winter Olympics was any indication, Metro Vancouver is already enthusiastic about TravelSmart! It was the biggest and most challenging test we could imagine and people from across the region embraced it with conviction and with commitment – we reduced traffic by 36% during the busiest stretch of weeks our city has ever seen. 40% of single-occupancy drivers chose to change their regular commuting routines, with nearly two-thirds of them taking public transit. Best of all, 61% of these commuters have maintained some of their TravelSmart commitments long term.
There are so many choices and ways in which to be TravelSmart. This website is full of information, tips and tricks on how to incorporate simple and effective changes into your daily travel. Whether commuting to work or school, running errands, or travelling about town with family or friends, we hope you’ll see how easy it is to be TravelSmart.
Join the movement - and join the conversation! We believe there’s a lot we can learn through the sharing of information. We do however have some common sense rules of engagement that we ask everyone to abide by to keep things running smoothly.
Looking forward to hearing about what being TravelSmart means to you.
Join the movement for good!
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