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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 9, 2011
CONTACT: Jessica Morton, 603 271-1390

Commute Green New Hampshire
It's Time to Start Commuting Another Way
Public Service Announcement by Governor John Lynch included

Concord, NH – Commute Green New Hampshire will kick-off next week with hundreds of bicycle commuters of all abilities and ages taking to the streets. They will be participating in the statewide challenge along with carpoolers, walkers and public transportation users to reduce the amount of miles they drive for one week.

These commuters are part of business, school and municipal teams who committed to take part in the challenge that has a goal of reducing single occupant vehicle miles driven by 50,000 miles.

Team registration closes May 13. Individual registrations are open for people to register on their own or join a team. To participate, all an individual has to do is start commuting green for any part of May 16-20, register and log his or her miles at www.commutegreennh.org. Just for registering, individuals will be rewarded with discount coupons from great entertainment venues, restaurants and shops around the state.

The website features a leader board display so that teams and individuals across the state can see how they are doing against each other in real time. After the final results are tallied, top achievers in a variety of team and individual categories will be recognized with giveaways and recognition on the Commute Green New Hampshire website.

Commute Green New Hampshire is also running a weekly photo contest for all Facebook fans. Individuals are asked to post photos of themselves commuting green at www.facebook.com/CommuteGreen. The photo that receives the most "likes" each week will win a $25 gift card of the winner's choice.

Although more than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, lack of knowledge and incentive deters many people from commuting by carpool, bike, walking or public transportation. To help people choose inexpensive, healthier and more environmentally-friendly transportation options, Commute Green New Hampshire organizers are focused on providing people and employers with resources on how to start using those transportation options.

To facilitate those choices, the Commute Green New Hampshire website has been loaded with tools and tips under the "How to Commute Green" tab. For example, individuals interested in participating in Commute Green New Hampshire should consider the following:

  • Determine the route and schedule they will be traveling and establish any pick-up/drop-off points
  • Draw up a schedule for who will be responsible for what and when
  • Determine any costs for expenses relating to the new commuting option (i.e. equipment, safety items, baggage, etc.)
  • Communicate with coworkers and commuting partners so they know what to expect at work or with you
  • Respect of the rules of the road, carpooling partners or fellow bus/train riders

Commute Green New Hampshire will also feature the ever-popular annual commuter breakfasts organized by the state's regional planning commissions, transit operators and bicycling organizations. The breakfasts reward people for carpooling, bicycling, walking and using public transportation with free food, beverages and safety item giveaways from supporting local shops and organizations. For more information about those events, go to the Site Map tab of the Commute Green New Hampshire website.

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30 Second Public Service Announcement from New Hampshire Governor John Lynch:
Audio file available at: http://commutegreennh.org/files/LynchPSA1.mp3

Hello, this is Governor John Lynch.

Walking, cycling, carpooling and public transportation can help save on the high price of gas, and promotes clean air and a healthy lifestyle.

That's why I want to urge you to participate in the week-long Commute Green New Hampshire Challenge, beginning Monday, May 16th.

And join us at the State House at the end of that week.

For more information, visit COMMUTE- GREEN-NH-DOT-ORG.

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