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Active Commute Celebration unveils U Car Share, promotes sustainable transportation at Virginia Tech


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 7, 2009 – Virginia Tech's Transportation and Campus Services on Wednesday, Sept. 16 will be helping to advance Virginia Tech's sustainability initiatives and help Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students find more affordable commuting methods at the Active Commute Celebration, which will be on the Drillfield from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The recent approval of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment by both President Charles W. Steger and the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has pushed environmental awareness to the top of Virginia Tech’s initiative list. The commuting options offered by Transportation and Campus Services provides important resources and benefits for faculty, staff, and students to participate in alternative transportation commuting therefore contributing to the decrease of Virginia Tech’s carbon footprint.

At this year’s Active Commute Celebration we will be launching the new U Car Share program with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. as the vehicles are now available on campus and active for members to reserve.

“We’re hoping for a great turn out this year, especially since we’ll be launching our U Car Share program. It’s great to see the university and local community supporting alternative modes of commuting,” says Debby Freed, alternative transportation manager at Virginia Tech.

The program will include breakfast, coupons for discounts on bike lights and helmets, information about Virginia Tech’s Commuter Alternative Programs, health information, bicycle registration and safety checks by East Coasters, Bike Barn, and Hokie Spokes, and more.

Participants in the event include: Blacksburg Transit, Smart Way Bus, Off Campus Housing, CommonHealth, Recreational Sports, East Coasters, Bike Barn, Hokie Spokes, GoLoco, New River Valley Bicycle Association, and Bike Advocacy at Virginia Tech.

For more information about the Active Commute Celebration or the Commuter Alternative Programs contact Debby Freed at (540) 231-0248.