February is Carpool Month in Waterloo Region. While the weather might be cold and the days are still short, carpooling can be a fun way to lower the impact of your commute to and from the campus. Plus, you'll save money and can make new friends.
The TravelWise program at the Region of Waterloo has organized a series of challenges throughout February to encourage you to give carpooling a try, or keep at it if you carpool already!
How to join
You can join in the carpool month challenge and enter to win cool prizes by completing one of the following activities:
- Register on the TravelWise website to be entered into a draw for $100 in Downtown Dollars.
- Post your carpool ride on the TravelWise website to be entered into a draw for $150 in Downtown Dollars
- Log a carpool trip on the TravelWise website to be entered to win a $50 Canadian Tire gas card
- Tweet or email a selfie of you and your carpool buddies using #CarpoolWR to be entered into a draw for $40 Tim Hortons gift cards.
To get started, click on the link below to join the University of Waterloo's user group for students or employees. Once you are registered, you can log in from any computer or mobile phone by visiting gotravelwise.ca
The contest is supported by TravelWise, a partnership between the Region of Waterloo and Sustainable Waterloo Region. View full contest details.
Other resources for employees
Emergency Ride Home: Carpool partner had to leave early? Did you have to stay late and missed your ride? Did your kids get sick at school and you have to pick them up? Don't worry, you're covered! Through the TravelWise program, employees at Waterloo can access an emergency ride home program that will reimburse you up to $75 per trip, up to 4 times per year, to get home or elsewhere if you carpooled to work (or walked, biked, or bussed).
Carpool parking: Employees can also access preferred parking spaces if you register as a carpool group of 2 or more. If you regularly travel with a co-worker, sign up for preferential parking through Parking Services!