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For the week of May 7 - 13, 2003


Find ‘smart’ ways to travel in the valley

Wood River Rideshare, the Hailey-based alternative transit organization, announced this week it will commence on Monday, May 12, the 3rd Annual Smart Moves Community Challenge alternative transportation program.

Beth Callister, executive director of Wood River Rideshare, said the program—which is designed to encourage Wood River Valley residents to travel without a car—will last through Sept. 12.

"Too many people driving their cars everywhere creates problems for the whole community, from traffic congestion to global warming," she said. "Participants in the Smart Moves program make a difference by reducing their vehicle trips and showing support of other transportation modes."

The Smart Moves program offers prizes to participants who log a high number of trips taken by bike, foot, carpool or bus. Every 10 alternative transportation trips is worth one entry into the event’s end-of-season prize drawing on Sept. 12, Callister noted.

Past participants on May 7 will be mailed "Trip Trackers," boards on which they can calculate all of their alternative trips.

"Participants benefit in many ways, from improved personal health, to more time with friends and family, to money saved at the gas pump," Callister noted.

Numerous Wood River Valley businesses are sponsoring the program.

During the summer of 2001, 90 people participated in the program. Last summer, 110 participated.

Callister noted that program organizers this year are hoping to get at least 300 participants in the program.

Becki Keefer, Wood River Rideshare board member, encouraged area residents to bike, walk or ride the Peak Bus commuter line to their destinations. "We want people out there having fun and exploring their community in new ways," she said. "It’s amazing what you discover when you are out riding your bike or walking through town."

In a related event, Wood River Rideshare and St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center will host a "Bike to Work Day" on Friday, May 16. Additional details on the event will be released next week.


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