Curb Your Car Week Spring 2009 Results

The 2009 Curb Your Car Week spring event took place the week of May 10 to 16, 2009. During that week, 195 residents from Brighton and Rochester registered their pledge to walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus for at least a day as an alternative to drive their car.

Survey results

(195 registered participants; 95 reporting their results.)

  • Total Miles saved:  5,354 miles!
  • Gallons Saved: 222 gallons (Based on individual MPG )
  • Pounds of CO2 saved: 4,218 pounds (Based on 19 lbs per gallon)

Miles saved per activity

  • Carpooling: 1,490
  • Biking: 1,262
  • Not going somewhere you normally go: 792
  • Combining Trips: 683
  • Bus: 565
  • Telecommuting: 293
  • Walking: 237
  • Other (includes motorcycling): 33

Top commuters

  • Carpooling: 192
  • Biking: 84
  • Not going somewhere you normally go: 90
  • Combining Trips: 100
  • Bus: 140
  • Telecommuting: 182
  • Walking: 40
  • Other (includes motorcycling): 20

In their own words

I try to take the bus as much as I can. I went the whole week without using my car except for wednesday night.

This is a great challenge! I’d like to pass along a thank you to all the people who made it happen.

I am proud of Brighton’s committment to becoming more “Green,” for the organization of the Clean Up event and for this web site. Thank you for all you do to make Brighton special.

We need windmill and solar panels in Brighton.

This was a great activity. Thank you for taking the time to do it and for helping us all reduce our “footprint.”

This is a good idea, as it makes people think about what they are doing, where they are driving, and conserving resources.

My husband rode his bike out to Parkridge Hospital for work three days this week! We were far more conscious about where we were driving to…of course, we will try to carry on the consciousness beyond this week! Thanks for the organizing!

All of your efforts to make people more aware of wasting gas is so appreciated. This curb your car week motivated me to buy my daughter a better bike and I will start biking to work once a week now as well.

I found carpooling easy. I will always do this to save both money and to keep the environment cleaner.

Perfect timing having Curb Your Car week at the start of the nice weather. We were reminded just how easily accessible everything in Brighton is by bicycle—just in time for summer! The kids are asking “Are we riding our bikes?” for every trip now! Thanks

We had so much fun deciding how to get places! The kids challenged themselves by biking to running club, to school and to sport lessons. They had so much fun, they are planning to continue long after the week is over. Thanks for the inspiration!

This made us really trim down those unnecessary trips and start thinking more about fuel vs. exercise.

This is a great program and I can’t wait to do this again next year.

Thank you for setting an important example for our entire community!

I drove my vespa scooter to work three days 70 miles to the gallon a total of 42 miles and my car only two days out of the seven for a total of 25 miles. I figure I only used 1 1/2 gallons of gas for the week.

I wish I could have done more. The problem is, in a city like Rochester, public transportation options are few and the schedule is not convenient half the time. In addition, when you have your own business and need to meet with clients around the area, biking is not an option due to distance and/or schedules. That said, I do continue to look for ways that I can walk, bike or use public transport when possible.