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Members of the Bowdoin Community Commute Another Way June 13

Story posted June 13, 2001

Walking, jogging, biking and carpooling took the place of driving alone for many members of the Bowdoin College community Wednesday, June 13, as 103 of our colleagues participated in Maine’s Commute Another Way Day.

With one in eight employees taking part (a high percentage, especially considering this is the first year the College has “officially” participated in the program) Bowdoin became a leader in the seventh annual Maine event.

Biking was among the most popular ways to get to work for many Bowdoin participants. Peter Wagner, assistant director of events and summer programs, biked to Brunswick from Lewiston (about an hour and a half ride). Jim Stump, construction manager/facilities management, lives in Arrowsic. He drove to West Bath, left his car, and biked the rest of the way.

Peter Slovensky, men’s and women’s cross country and track coach, laced up his running shoes to get to work (on other summer days, if he does not run, he might bike from his Juniper Street residence). Many others walked to campus from Topsham and other parts of Brunswick. Carpooling was a popular alternative to driving solo, and many groups from the Portland and Harpswell areas drove in together.

The Commute Another Way Day event is organized by the RideShare Program, run by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) for Cumberland County. The program originated as a way for commuters to save money and ease congestion on Maine roads. In addition, RideShare is geared toward saving commuters wear-and-tear on their vehicles.

Three Bowdoin employees who began carpooling regularly from the Portland area are responsible for organizing Bowdoin’s participation this year. Jim Kelley, controller’s office, Eli Orlic, annual giving, and Margaret Hazlett, office of dean of student affairs, extended the invitation to the Bowdoin Community to join them June 13 in finding a better way to commute.

The three set a goal of registering 100 people from Bowdoin. They were thrilled with the response and surpassed their goal, as 103 people signed up to commute another way. Participants received a free tee shirt, a gift certificate for the Bowdoin Bookstore, and the satisfaction of knowing they made a difference by leaving their cars at home or carpooling.

And it doesn’t have to end just because June 13 has passed! Each of us can continue to make an impact by finding alternate ways to commute. By commuting another way every day you can:

  • Reduce traffic congestion (in Greater Portland, about 100,000 single occupancy vehicles drive into the area every workday).
  • Save money (not only on the skyrocketing price of gas, but on parking, tolls, and vehicle maintenance).
  • Help the environment (last year, Commute Another Way participants kept more than two tons of harmful pollutants out of the environment).
  • Improve your health (walking, jogging, riding your bike, or inline skating can supplement your exercise program and reduce stress).

For more information, you can call RideShare at 1-800-280-7433, or visit their Web site at www.ridesharemaine.org. You can register online to find others in your locality with a similar commute, and start sharing the ride!

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