National Dump the Pump Day is tomorrow, Thursday, June 16. What are your plans? Perhaps you can walk or ride your bike to work or school, or jump on one of our buses with powerful air-conditioning. You can carpool, car2go, or ride MetroRail or a pedicab. It’s up to you, but I hope you will consider doing your “to- and fro-ing” without the use of your personal car.
Brown bag it tomorrow, and join Capital Metro and car2go at a lunchtime celebration at Brush Square park, adjacent to the Downtown Station, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The East Side Dandies will belt out “hot jazz” from the 20’s and 30’s, and officials from Capital Metro will announce new carsharing options that will make dumping the pump easier.
We’ll also be announcing the winners of our Dump the Pump, Ride with Us contest. Thank you so much for your brilliant entries! Seventy-something entries have been carefully judged and scored, and tomorrow several people can claim their prizes, including one grand prize winner who will be taking home an iPad2. (We’ll be posting the winning entries on CapMetroBlog tomorrow, so come back.)
The concept behind Dump the Pump started right here at Capital Metro, and now it is a national event to raise awareness of all the benefits of public transportation. What we see and hear all the time is that people have some pre-conceived notions about riding transit that prevent them from trying it, but once they do, they realize it is easier and more pleasant than they thought it would be. Try transit, my friends! Try transit. Tomorrow.