The 10th Annual Dump the Pump Day is tomorrow, June 18th. Originally, it was a day to highlight that when gas prices are high, using public transportation is a great alternative to driving that will help people save money. Since its inception, other modes of transportation have become viable too.
This Dump the Pump day, TMACC wants to make sure you are fully equipped with the tools to make sure you can celebrate the right way! Here is a list of ways you can leave the car at home and enjoy your day pump free.
We at TMACC are BIG fans of biking to work, seeing as we host a challenge each year to encourage biking to work. Thanks to The Circuit, who continue to grow our network of trails, it is relatively easy to find a trail near you to use. There is the Schuylkill River Trail, The Chester Valley Trail, and The Struble Trail in the area to name just a few!
#2: Public Transportation (Of Course)
SEPTA, Amtrak, Regional Rail, CHESCOBUS, Subways, you name them! There are all sorts of way to you public transportation to travel! SEPTA has over hundreds of buses wanting to take you to you destination. Just put your trip into their trip planner on www.septa.org to figure out how to get there via public transportation. The Chester County Planning Commission also has a great website called www.ChesCoRideGuide.com. They have identified every form of public transportation in Chester County and have easy to understand map of how to link them together.
So this isn’t technically “Dumping the Pump”, but at least one or more of your passengers would! This is a great way to not only dump the pump, but it also saves you money, improves traffic congestion, and keeps you occupied on your ride to and from your destination!
#4: Stay Home!
No, we’re not saying to lock yourself in your house and watch Netflix all day (but it would be nice!). We’re saying to ask your boss if you could work from home to celebrate! Studies have shown that working from home increases productivity, saves your company money, raises job satisfaction, and saves you gas!
If you do celebrate Dump the Pump tomorrow by trying any of these tips out, let us know! Tweet us @chescocommuter or tag us on Facebook and we’ll be sure to share and retweet! Use the hashtag #DumpThePump.
And if you want to have a fun night without your car, TMACC and Communities in Motion will be hosting our first community bike ride for the National Bike Challenge tomorrow night at 6 PM! We will meet at the Fitzwater Station in Phoenixville and ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Email us for more details! firstname.lastname@example.org.