Enviro savings from car sharing

An estimated 28,000 kilometres, 74 litres of fuel and 4845 grams of carbon monoxide were saved in August as a result of those who used the car share Bay of Plenty website.
The figures were released by Environment Bay of Plenty and reveals environmental benefits are being facilitated by the website, which launched roughly a year ago.

Tauranga City Council employees Rose Forlong-Lett, Deb Webb, Luana Paterson and Liz Rentz have contributed to the positive environmental spin-offs as a result of their car pooling efforts.

The website, www.carsharebop.co.nz, allows commuters to find others around the Bay of Plenty who want to car pool.
Once people have registered on the website, their details are matched with others who are going in the same direction at the same time.
People can also include any preferences for their car-mates, such as non-smoker, male or female or other factors. Michelle Elborn, Tauranga City Council spokesperson, says 270 users are currently registered on the site.
She says there is an average of 12 matches per search, an average daily travelling distance of 4.8 kilometres and a total of 14,037 enquiries on the site since it launched on August 11 last year.
The management of the website has been handed to Environment Bay of Plenty from Tauranga City Council.
EBOP’s transport manager Kate Mackenzie says that has been one of the major changes over the past year.
“We want to grow it over the next few months. We are pretty happy with the numbers. We would like it to go further and we hope more promotion will help us do that,” says Kate.
She says the website is a useful tool for all commuters, especially those who live in areas of the Bay of Plenty such as Katikati, Omokoroa and Te Puke.
“The website was made because it is a beneficial tool for the whole region,” says Kate.


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