Curb Your Car Week Spring 2012 Results

The Spring 2012 Curb Your Car Week event took place the week of May 13 to 19, 2012. During that week, 101 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

(101 registered participants; 45 reporting their results.)

  • Total Miles saved:  3,329 miles! 
  • Gallons Saved: 146 gallons (Based on individual MPG )
  • Pounds of CO2 saved: 2,774 pounds (Based on 19 lbs per gallon)

Miles saved per activity

  • Biking: 868
  • Carpooling: 698
  • Combining trips: 686
  • Not going somewhere you normally go: 403
  • Other (includes motorcycling): 242
  • Telecommuting: 179
  • Bus: 141
  • Walking: 112

Top commuters

  • Biking: 113
  • Carpooling: 120
  • Combining trips: 230
  • Not going somewhere you normally go: 97
  • Other (includes motorcycling): 200
  • Telecommuting: 58
  • Bus: 66
  • Walking: 16

In their own words

Please consider sharing information on Roc Transit Day (June 21, 2012), a community-wide transit event designed to improve the perception of riding the bus in Rochester.

Got off the couch, got some exercise, saved some gas — what a great week! Thank you for the incentive.

It’s always good to be aware of how each of us can participate to prevent pollution and waste.

Thanks for all you do for the environment.

I think the movement is picking up steam. For the first time in four years I got two people to ride bikes to work (downtown) with me on Friday, May 18 (National Bike to Work Day)!

Went to work and back every day by bicycle. 13 miles round trip. Went to Mikes Restaurant in Henrietta by bicycle and then swung over to Abundance on the way home on my day off. Totaled 18 miles. Also visited RIT for a lecture by bicycle. 16 miles round trip. Did not use the car once. Of course, I do everything by bicycle. Even in the Winter I only missed one day getting to work and back due to weather conditions. Many think snow accumulation is the worst. But, though too much snow is bad, howling wind is worse.

Fantastic weather for cycling! I saw many more people on the road this week than I normally do during the year, and plenty of people waved at me as if they knew the week was happening.

This is such a wonderful effort that you take on every year. Thanks.

If people would think about what they need to do, they could save miles/gas every week!  Each year it gets harder to save miles as i try to make combining trips a habit.

If there were more bus runs (it’s only once a day from Honeoye Falls) I could take the bus more often.

Great week for the event — wish I could have done more!

I pledged to ride my bike to work one day — but I ended up riding my bike every day and plan to continue doing so.

I did this for the week before, as well (savings not included above) and now I have to do a BIG grocery shop, plus my fresh food supply was not so good during this period because neither the Public Market and Wegmans are sufficiently accessible by public transport or on foot.

I’m so used to combining trips at this point, that I can’t really keep track of when I’m doing that for a survey like this.

Please repave or fix potholes on the Brighton portion of Highland Ave to keep it safe for biking.

I am most proud to report that my husband and I gave up a car and are now a one-car family. (We did this in March.) It is sometimes a little challenging, but with good planning and communication this works. I also bought a bike this week (Bike week) to replace one that was stolen last fall. 🙁

As luck would have it, due to a day off and a couple of off-site meetings, I actually had to drive more this week than I typically do. Normally I walk 10.5 miles a week to and from Town Hall.  Thanks for doing all of this, keep up the great work!