ENVIRONMENT

‘Take-a-mate’ to combat climate change

Thursday 1 November 2007, 10:39AM
By Rodney District Council
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AUCKLAND

A new carpooling scheme, ‘take-a-mate’, is being offered to local residents as part of Rodney District Council’s campaign to combat climate change.

The carpooling scheme uses American web technology to put commuters in touch with one another in an effort to reduce single occupant vehicle trips.

The secure website involves users providing basic information about their travelling requirements, then sorts through a database and matches people with similar destinations, times and other needs. All personal information is kept secure at all times.

“Potentially, if you commute from Warkworth to Orewa and back, carpooling could save you nearly $200 a month in fuel, not to mention the savings on wear and tear. Over a year that is $2,400 that you could be spending on the house, kids, garden or boat – it makes you think”, says Belinda Matheson, Rodney District Council’s travel planner.

To register for the carpooling scheme visit www.takeamate.greenride.com  

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