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Carpool Month, October 1-31, 2013

The goal of Carpool Month is to increase carpool program awareness and encourage commuters to try carpooling. Carpool.ca organized the first Canadian Carpool Week campaign in Calgary in October of 2003 and every year new communities get involved. In 2013, we are extending the promotional period to the entire month of October.

Carpool Month 2013 will take place in 13 communities including: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Summerland, Peachland and Oliver.

Download our Carpool Month 2013 Poster in pdf or jpg formats

Thanks to our generous Carpool Month 2013 sponsors – the Alberta Motor Association, CAA Saskatchewan, Calgary Parking Authority, Farm Credit Canada, Okanagan Regional Partners and the City of St. Albert, we have a number of activities planned – some old and some new - to engage commuters during the month of October. The Carpool Month prize budget this year is $7,000. All prizes will be fuel cards in $100 denominations. Our 2013 activities include:

1. New Registrant: As always, our main goal is to grow our database of potential carpool partners in order to create new carpool groups. All participants registering with www.carpool.ca during Carpool Month (October 1-31, 2013) will be entered into random draws for fuel cards.

2. Returning Registrant Search: All current www.carpool.ca registrants returning to www.carpool.ca to search for new matches during Carpool Month will also be entered into random draws for fuel cards.

3. Trip Tracker: We encourage current www.carpool.ca participants to use the www.carpool.ca Trip Tracker feature. Participants tracking trips during October will be entered into a random draw.

4. Share Carpool Month e-file Poster on Facebook or Twitter: Participants are encouraged to share the Carpool Month e-file (digital version of the Carpool Month Poster) using social media in order to generate interest and increase reach. The e-file will be posted on Facebook and Twitter several times during October creating multiple opportunities to share and re-tweet.

5. Complete a Survey: This year we will incorporate surveying registered participants into the Carpool Month promotion. Carpool.ca registrants will be emailed through www.carpool.ca and provided with a link to the www.carpool.ca Survey page. Fuel card prizes will be randomly awarded as incentives.

6. Participate in a Facebook Poll: A Poll app will be used to gather useful information and opinions from commuters. Random fuel cards draws will be used as incentives to encourage participation.

7. Calculate Your Commute & Share Results: Commuters are be encouraged to use the www.carpool.ca Commute Calculator and to share their solo daily commuting costs and potential savings via Facebook or Twitter using the link at the end of the Cost Calculator.

8. Share a Story: Carpoolers are invited to share their carpool stories to inspire others. Stories are submitted on-line and winning stories will be published on the www.carpool.ca site.

9. Tuesday Trivia: Played via our Facebook Page and using Twitter to engage participants, weekly carpool trivia questions are posted and a winner awarded a $100 fuel card prize for correct or closest correct answer.

10. Hallo-Winner: Costume Group or Carpool Decorating: Since the final day of Carpool Month is Halloween we are wrapping up the promotion by asking participants to share photos on Facebook or through Twitter of their decorated vehicle or their carpool group in costume. Prize(s) will be awarded subject to regional sponsorship levels and submissions received.


* Must be 18 years old to participate. Prizes limited to one per household. Winners must agree to release names in order to claim prizes. Draws will take place between October 1 and November 15, 2013. Winners will be notified directly and given one week to claim prizes. Unclaimed prizes will be re-drawn.

Carpool.ca launched Canada's First Annual Carpool Week Campaign in partnership with the City of Calgary in 2003. Since that time additional communities have joined in. Past campaigns have played a key role in increasing the reach of Carpool Week promotional activities. This year's multi-City campaign has provided us with another opportunity to coordinate sponsorships, promotional activities and media while creating a competition between both regions and corporations.

Participants come from nearly every sector and include financial institutions, governments, post-secondary institutions, health regions, NGOs and private businesses. Carpool.ca works closely with these groups to promote Carpool Week at their workplaces.

Carpool Month initiates change behaviour by increasing knowledge and awareness of carpooling as a sustainable transportation choice. This is our 11th Annual Carpool Week Campaign. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this year Carpool Month will take place in thirteen communities in October 2013.

Carpool Week 2012

October 15-19, 2012 (Calgary, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon)

Calgary, AB: This is Calgary’s 10th Annual Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsors the Alberta Motor Association, the Calgary Parking Authority and Nexen Inc, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions - ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • New iPad w/3G & WiFi
  • $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $700 in fuel cards

Fort McMurray, AB: This is Fort McMurray’s 1st Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsor the Alberta Motor Association, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions including ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • $150 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $250 in fuel cards

Lethbridge, AB: This is Lethbridge’s 3rd Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsor the Alberta Motor Association, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions including ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • $150 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $250 in fuel cards

Red Deer, AB: This is Red Deer’s 1st Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsor the Alberta Motor Association, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions including ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • $150 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $250 in fuel cards

Regina, SK: This is Regina’s 8th Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsors the CAA Saskatchewan and Farm Credit Canada, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions including ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • New iPad w/3G & WiFi
  • $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $600 in fuel cards

Saskatoon, SK: This is Saskatoon’s 5th Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsor CAA Saskatchewan, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions - ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $400 in fuel cards

 

October 22-26, 2012 (Edmonton, Okanagan)

Edmonton, AB: This is Edmonton’s 6th Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsors the Alberta Motor Association, the City of Spruce Gove and the City of St. Albert, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions - ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • New iPad w/3G & WiFi
  • $200 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $500 in fuel cards

Okanagan, BC: This is the Okanagan’s 6th Carpool Week to be held in Kelowna, Vernon, Summerland, Penticton, Oliver and Peachland. Thanks to regional partners City of Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton and District of Summerland, we will randomly award prizes for ‘Registering with www.carpool.ca’, ‘Searching for Carpool Partners’, sharing ‘Carpool Stories’, using our ‘Trip Tracker’ and engaging in social media promotions including ‘Transportation Trivia’ & ‘Carpool Tag’. 2012 prizes include:

  • $150 Ticketmaster Gift Card
  • GPS Navigation System
  • $250 in fuel cards

Carpool Week 2011

October 17-21, 2011 (Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Lethbridge)

Calgary, AB: This is Calgary’s 9th Annual Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsors the Alberta Motor Association, the Calgary Parking Authority and Nexen, we will randomly award prizes for 'Registering with www.carpool.ca', 'Searching for Carpool Partners', sharing 'Carpool Stories', using our 'Trip Tracker' and engaging in social media promotions - 'Transportation Trivia' & 'Carpool Tag'. 2011 prizes include:

  • iPad2 w/3G & WiFi
  • Kindle w/3G & WiFi
  • GPS Nav System
  • 7 x $100 fuel cards

Regina, SK: This is Regina’s 7th Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsors the CAA Saskatchewan and Farm Credit Canada, we will randomly award prizes for 'Registering with www.carpool.ca', 'Searching for Carpool Partners', sharing 'Carpool Stories', using our 'Trip Tracker' and engaging in social media promotions - 'Transportation Trivia' & 'Carpool Tag'. 2011 prizes include:

  • iPad2 w/3G & WiFi
  • Kindle w/3G & WiFi
  • GPS Nav System
  • 7 x $100 fuel cards

Saskatoon, SK: This is Saskatoon's 4th Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsor CAA Saskatchewan, we will randomly award prizes for 'Registering with www.carpool.ca', 'Searching for Carpool Partners', sharing 'Carpool Stories', using our 'Trip Tracker' and engaging in social media promotions - 'Transportation Trivia' & 'Carpool Tag'. 2011 prizes include:

  • Kindle w/3G & WiFi
  • GPS Nav System
  • 4 x $100 fuel cards

Lethbridge, AB: This is Lethbridge's 2nd Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsor the Alberta Motor Association, we will randomly award prizes for 'Registering with www.carpool.ca', 'Searching for Carpool Partners', sharing 'Carpool Stories', using our 'Trip Tracker' and engaging in social media promotions - 'Transportation Trivia' & 'Carpool Tag'. 2011 prizes include:

  • Kindle w/3G & WiFi
  • GPS Nav System
  • 4 x $100 fuel cards

 

October 24-28, 2011 (Edmonton, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Summerland, Peachland and Oliver)

Edmonton, AB: This is Edmonton’s 5th Carpool Week. Thanks to sponsors the Alberta Motor Association and the City of St. Albert, we will randomly award prizes for 'Registering with www.carpool.ca', 'Searching for Carpool Partners', sharing 'Carpool Stories', using our 'Trip Tracker' and engaging in social media promotions - 'Transportation Trivia' & 'Carpool Tag'. 2011 prizes include:

  • iPad2 w/3G & WiFi
  • Kindle w/3G & WiFi
  • GPS Nav System
  • 7 x $100 fuel cards

Okanagan, BC: This is the Okanagan's 5th Carpool Week to be held in Kelowna, Vernon, Summerland, Penticton, Oliver and Peachland. Thanks to sponsor ICBC, we will randomly award prizes for 'Registering with www.carpool.ca', 'Searching for Carpool Partners', sharing 'Carpool Stories', using our 'Trip Tracker' and engaging in social media promotions - 'Transportation Trivia' & 'Carpool Tag'. 2011 prizes include:

  • Kindle w/3G & WiFi
  • GPS Nav System
  • 4 x $100 fuel cards

Carpool Week 2010

Calgary, October 25-29, 2010

This is the City of Calgary’s 8th Annual Carpool Week promotion. The City is encouraging commuters to participate in Carpool Week activities. Thanks to our generous Calgary sponsors – the Alberta Motor Association, the Calgary Parking Authority and Nexen Inc – we will randomly award some great prizes, including:

iPad * iPod Touch * Kindle Reader * GPS Navigational System * 3 X $100 fuel cards

Calgary Carpool Week activities also include the placement of Carpool.ca banners in six high traffic locations and three Alternative Transportation Fairs. Please stop by and visit for additional chances to win prizes:

  • Monday, October 25, 2010, 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 10:00am-2:00pm

Edmonton, November 1-5, 2010

This is the City of Edmonton’s 4th Annual Carpool Week promotion. The City is encouraging commuters to participate in Carpool Week activities. Thanks to our generous Edmonton sponsors – the Alberta Motor Association and the City of St. Albert – we will randomly award some great prizes, including:

iPad * iPod Touch * Kindle Reader * GPS Navigational System * 3 X $100 fuel cards.

Edmonton Carpool Week activities will also include the placement of Carpool.ca banners and signs in high traffic locations and 3 Alternative Transportation Fairs. Please stop by and visit for additional chances to win prizes:

  • Monday, November 1, 2010
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2010
  • Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Regina, October 25-29, 2010

The City of Regina is excited to announce Regina's 6th Annual Carpool Week along with their Carpool Partners Farm Credit Canada, University of Regina, Innovation Place, SaskTel, Evraz, the Co-operators Insurance Company, and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. The group is encouraging commuters to participate in Carpool Week activities .

Thanks to our generous Regina sponsors –CAA Saskatchewan and Farm Credit Canada – we will randomly award some great prizes, including:

iPad * iPod Touch * Kindle Reader * GPS Navigational System * 3 X $100 fuel cards


Saskatoon, October 25,29, 2010

This is the Saskatoon’s 3rdh Annual Carpool Week promotion. RoadMap Saskatoon is encouraging commuters to participate in Carpool Week activities. Thanks to our generous Saskatoon sponsor – CAA Saskatchewan – we will randomly award some great prizes, including:

iPod Touch * Kindle Reader * GPS Navigational System * $100 fuel card


Lethbridge, October 25, 2010

In partnership with the City of Lethbridge and Alberta Health Services, this is Lethbridge’s 1st Annual Carpool Week promotion. The City is encouraging commuters to participate in Carpool Week activities. Thanks to our generous Lethbridge sponsor – the Alberta Motor Association – we will randomly award some great prizes, including:

iPod Touch * Kindle Reader * GPS Navigational System * $100 fuel card


Okanagan (Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon)

The Cities of Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon are announcing their 4th Annual Carpool Week. The group is encouraging commuters to participate in Carpool Week activities.

Thanks to our generous Okanagan sponsors – ICBC, City of Kelowna, City of Kamloops and City of Vernon – we will randomly award some great prizes, including:

iPad * Kindle Reader * GPS Navigational System 2 X $50 fuel cards * 10 free golf passes

Carpool Week 2009

Edmonton - September 26 - October 2, 2009

There are currently over 2400 registered Carpool.ca participants in the Edmonton Region!

This was Edmonton’s Third Annual Carpool Week Campaign and commuters were once again invited to ‘Pledge to Pool’. By pledging on-line to carpool at least once before the end of October, Edmonton and area carpoolers were entered into a random draw and the following prizes were awarded:

  • $500 in Free Fuel, Barbara Marr, EPCOR
  • $500 in Free Fuel, Deborah Krauss, Canada Revenue Agency
  • One iPod Touch,Rick Castelein, NAIT
  • $300 Safeway Gift Certificate, Ha Lu, University of Alberta
  • $200 Future Shop Gift Certificate, Russell Andrews, Government of Alberta
  • $100 Keg Restaurant Gift Card, Donald Burdick, EPCOR
  • $50 Cineplex Gift Card, Susan Dargatz, City of Edmonton
  • $25 Starbuck Gift Card, Martin Roy, Government of Alberta

In addition to the ‘Pledge to Pool’, other Edmonton Carpool Week plans included a media campaign and kick-off in partnership with the City of Edmonton and sponsor, the Alberta Motor Association. Other activities will included the placement of Carpool.ca banners in 6 high traffic locations and Alternative Transportation Fairs held in the following locations:

  • Mon, Sept/28/09, Alberta Motor Association Kick-Off event
  • Mon, Sept/28/09, Canada Place Atrium
  • Tue, Sept/29/09, Alberta Energy, North Petroleum Plaza lobby
  • Wed, Sept/30/09, AHS Capital Health Centre building lobby
  • Thur, Oct/01/, Ministry of Agriculture, Neil Crawford Centre

Edmonton’s Carpool Week 2009 campaign reduced 15,892 vehicle trips.

Calgary - October 19 - 23, 2009

This was Calgary’s 7th Annual Carpool Week Campaign and commuters were once again invited to ‘Pledge to Pool’. By pledging on-line to carpool at least once before the end of October, Calgary and area carpoolers were entered into a random draw, and the following prizes were awarded:

  • $500 in Free Fuel, Nadia Plumb, Canadian Pacific Railway
  • $500 in Free Fuel, Graeme Ahokas, Strata Health
  • $500 in Free Fuel, Ray Vandale, Tundra Engineering
  • $500 in Free Fuel, Katie Mackenzie, Yellow Pages Group
  • One iPod Touch, Jillian Berling-MacKenzie, University of Calgary
  • $300 Safeway Gift Certificate, Karen Taggart, Devon Canada
  • $200 Future Shop Gift Certificate, Kevin Watson, City of Calgary
  • $100 Keg Restaurant Gift Card, Verna Mah, Westside Recreation Centre
  • $50 Cineplex Gift Card, Annmarie Smith, Canada Safeway
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card, Kerry Schafer, Suncor Energy

In addition to the ‘Pledge to Pool’ campaign, Calgary’s Carpool Week plans include a full day Transportation Demand Management workshop for Calgary stakeholders. Carpool Week activities will also include the placement of Carpool.ca banners in 6 high traffic locations and Alternative Transportation Fairs to be held in the follow locations:

  • Monday, Oct 19/09, City of Calgary TDM Workshop, Fort Calgary
  • Tuesday, October 20/09, SAIT
  • Wednesday, October 21/09, CrossIron Mills Mall

Calgary’s 2009 ‘Pledge to Pool’ campaign reduced 26,852 vehicle trips!

Regina - October 19 - 23, 2009

The City of Regina was excited to announce Regina's 5th Annual Carpool Week (October 19 - 24, 2009) along with their Carpool Partners; Farm Credit Canada, University of Regina, Innovation Place, SaskTel, Evraz, the Co-operators Insurance Company, and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.

By pledging on-line to carpool at least once during Carpool Week, carpoolers were entered into a random draw and the following prizes were awarded:

  • $500 in Free Fuel, Krystal Speiler, RQ Health Region
  • $500 in Free Fuel, Rod Allan, ISM Canada
  • $200 Safeway Gift Certificate, Jackie Huynink, Sasktel
  • One iPod Nano, Manako Boyachek, University of Regina
  • $50 Cineplex Gift Card, Colleen Trombetta, City of Regina
  • $50 Keg Gift Card, Linda Langenbacher, Regina Public School Board
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card, Valerie Panko, FCC

Regina's 2009 Pledge to Pool campaign was responsible for reducing 54,527 trips.

Saskatoon - October 19 - 23, 2009

Saskatoon’s new Carpool.ca program already has over 200 registrants! This was Saskatoon’s 2nd Annual Carpool Week. By pledging on-line to carpool at least once during Carpool Week, Saskatoon carpoolers were entered into a random draw and the following prizes were awarded:

  • $500 in Free Fuel, Carissa Brown, University of Saskatchewan
  • $200 Safeway Gift Certificate, Sonya Meier, Ag-Quest Research
  • One iPod Nano, Tyler Wilson, Saskatoon Health Region
  • $50 Cineplex Gift Card, Amanda Burke, Meewasin Valley Authority
  • $50 Keg Gift Card, Lorna Cherpin, Canadian Automobile Association
  • $50 2nd Nature Sports and Apparel Gift Card, Evelyn Neilson, SaskTel
  • $50 Truffle's Bistro Gift Card, Derrick Harper, Cameco Corporation
  • $50 Saskatoon Farmers' Market Gift Card, Kathleen Alexander, City of Saskatoon
  • $50 The Better Good Store Gift Card, Marc Desjardin, University of Saskatchewan
  • $25 Starbucks Gift Card, Cristal Glass, SIAST

Other Carpool Week activities included a media launch and alternative transportation fairs as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 14/09 Media launch at Meewasin Valley Authority Boardroom
  • Tuesday, October 20/09, Pledge and Information table at Kelsey SIAST main campus
  • Wednesday, October 21 & 22, 2009 – Pledge and Information table at University of Saskatchewan Eco-Fair (Arts Tunnel)

Saskatoon’s 2009 Pledge to Pool campaign was responsible for reducing 9,410 vehicle trips to and from Saskatoon.

Okanagan (Kelowna, Kamloops & Vernon) - November 16 - 20, 2009

Okanagan

Thanks to sponsorship from Carpool.ca, everyone who pledged to carpool at least once before November 27 had a chance to win of the following prizes:

  • $300 in free fuel, Peter Inglis, Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops)
  • $200 Safeway gift certificate, Vanessa Czepil, BC Hydro (Vernon)
  • iPod Nano, Marc Vere, City of Kelowna (Kelowna)
  • $50 Cineplex gift card, Ted Spearin, Interior Health Region (Kelowna)
  • $25 Starbucks card, Tami MacKinnon, BC Hydro

Kelowna

The third week of November marked the third annual Carpool Week in the Central Okanagan.

Fun, interactive and informative booths were located at select major Kelowna employers, including the UBC Okanagan campus throughout the week to promote carpooling, encourage employees to Pledge to Pool and award additional prizes to participants.

Carpool.ca is an initiative that reflects the City of Kelowna’s environmental stewardship and commitment to providing opportunities for citizens to reduce their impact on the environment.

Vernon

The City of Vernon will also be participated in their second annual Carpool Week, November 16-20, 2009. An interactive TDM Booth was set up at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Employees were encouraged to stop by and participate in the Who Wants to Clean a Million Air Game for chances to win prizes.

By pledging on-line to carpool at least once before November 27, 2009, Vernon carpoolers were entered into a random draw for prizes including a $300 fuel gift certificate.

The Okanagan’s 2009 Carpool Week campaign reduced 39,887 trips!