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Dale Benson of Local Assistance is busy promoting bicycle use during the Rideshare Fair.

DISTRICT 7 HOSTS ITS FIRST RIDESHARE FAIR
by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 11/2008

16 Agencies and Companies Hop on Board to Educate the Public on the Benefits of Sharing the Ride

Caltrans District 7 held it’s first ever Rideshare Fair on Thursday, October 2 in the District Plaza to participate in Rideshare Week to promote the benefits of carpooling and other methods of public transportation and cycling to work.

Sixteen agencies and companies, including Caltrans Operations Division and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV, or carpool) Unit; the Air Quality Management District (AQMD); and the California Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) provided information regarding the benefits of ridesharing. Transportation agencies such as Metro and Metrolink, Foothill Transit and Santa Clarita Transit hosted booths to promote the importance of public transit. Caltrans District 7 Bicycle Group, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Flying Pigeon Bike Shop advocated bicycling to work.

Hundreds of District 7 employees received updated bus schedules, learned of alternate options to get to work and collect some great giveaways. Our partners, the California Highway Patrol, answered questions regarding traffic safety and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) promoted DASH, City Ride, and Commuter Express bus lines.

“With fluctuating gas prices, taking public transit and carpooling are definitely great options during these unpredictable economic times,” said Juana Farol, District 7 Rideshare and Parking coordinator. “Carpooling and vanpooling is beneficial to reduce stress, save money and get to work faster.”

Other participants at Caltrans Rideshare Fair included the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; VPSI Commuter Van Pools and the Yellow Cab Company.

Throughout October, District 7 Public Affairs Office staffed informational booths at six other Rideshare Fair events at Cal Poly in Pomona, Los Angeles City College, US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, and three fairs in the City of Pasadena including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Rideshare Fair is a reminder that carpooling and public transit is not only good for our pocketbooks, but it helps our environment as well. According to Farol, over half of District 7 employees working at the District Office carpool, vanpool or use public transit. For more information on ridesharing, contact the Caltrans Rideshare coordinator at 213-897-0187.

 

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, an advocacy group, was present to talk about the importance of alternative modes of transportation.
Caltrans employee Jayne Crowder speaks to a representative from Metrolink.
Rashaan Bernard of Administration gets her safety-related questions answered from a California Highway Patrol officer during the Rideshare Fair.
Caltrans employees stop by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power booth.