Commuting doesn’t have to mean driving alone in your car to work. Options for biking, walking, vanpooling, carpooling and taking the bus exist for many Triangle residents, but choosing them requires being aware of them.

Now is the time to get in the know.

Gov. Roy Cooper has declared the week of Nov. 5 as Commuter Awareness and Recognition Week across the state.

The governor’s proclamation cites single-occupancy vehicle usage as a major source of traffic congestion, air pollution, greenhouse-gas emissions and increased energy consumption that negatively affects businesses, government agencies and residents and leads to lost time and diminished productivity.

The proclamation also singled out GoTriangle’s annual Golden Modes Commuter Recognition ceremony, which took place today and celebrated the communities, employers and employees who have developed exemplary, comprehensive employee commuting programs.

Read about the Golden Modes here. And watch videos of the amazing award winners here.

Need some help figuring out what might work for you? GoTriangle’s Transportation Demand Management partners can help. Working with companies and individuals, the TDM partners provide free consulting to create plans to help commuters avoid driving alone to work.

GoTriangle also helps employees find carpools and vanpools through its Share the Ride NC program. Commuters who sign up and track their trips at STRNC.org can win GoPerks prizes that include gift cards to many Triangle businesses and restaurants. Requests for more information about free TDM Employer Services available in the Triangle can be sent online or through mparker@gotriangle.org.

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