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TravelSmart: join the movement!

We’re proud to launch a new program called TravelSmart today!

Through TravelSmart, we’re hoping to help people make smart travel choices for getting around our region. It’s no coincidence that we’re launching this on the first anniversary of the Olympics—we’re looking to continue the efficient travel choices that we all embraced during the 2010 Games.

To that end, we’ve launched a new website at travelsmart.ca with resources on ride-sharing, teleworking, cycling, walking, and more. And you can follow @travelsmart on Twitter.

Travelsmart.ca has a new Your Neighbourhood Map tool, which lets you plug in an address and discover what services are easily accessible nearby. There’s also a wealth of articles discussing travel choices available to you. Have a look!

Sign up at travelsmart.ca and win prizes!

If you sign up at the TravelSmart website between February 12 to 28, 2011, you will be automatically entered to win weekly prizes or one of our grand prizes!

The grand prize draw includes two Rocky Mountain Bicycles, an iPad, or one of 10 $500 gift certificates from Vancouver Top Attractions (and FareSaver transit tickets to get you to your destination of choice).

The weekly prizes include:

  • $100 gift certificates to Park Royal Shopping Centre (and FareSaver transit tickets to get you there)
  • $100 gift certificates to Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • $25 gift certificates to Waves Coffee (and FareSaver transit tickets to get you to the Waves in your neighbourhood)

You’ll also see some street teams and other folks spreading the word at events this weekend and beyond—so look out for even more ways to learn about TravelSmart and win.

A work in progress: we need your feedback

At the moment, the current TravelSmart program and website is really a work in progress. The website is not complete by any means, and we’re still looking to build better tools and resources to help people try different travel choices.

That’s where your feedback can really help us build a really strong TravelSmart site. Please let us know what you like, where you see opportunities or challenges, and any other suggestions you can think of to help improve our work! Feel free to use the comments below, or e-mail our TravelSmart community manager Sarah Loewen at sarah.loewen@translink.ca.

Right now, we’re aiming to upgrade the TravelSmart site in April 2011, when your site registration will hopefully give you access to more personalized tools—and with your help, we can make sure TravelSmart grows up right :)

TravelSmart: helping build a healthy region for our future

Beyond the small day to day choices we’re hoping to help you with, TravelSmart is actually a key way to build a healthy, sustainable region over the next 30 years!

The program is a big part of helping us to achieve the region’s Transport 2040 vision of creating a more livable community, through encouraging Metro Vancouverites to use efficient alternatives to solo-driver travel.

Smart decisions about how we move around can help us build a better future for everyone—so we really would like you to get engaged and join the TravelSmart movement! Sign up, give us feedback, and stay with us: together we can hopefully build a strong transportation future for our whole region.


7 Comments

  • By Steven, February 15, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    There are some issues with the website regarding browser compatibility you may wish to check with @fcv

    In Chrome for Mac using OSX 10.5.8:

    1) the top row is missing i.e. with the logo, join the movement, search box etc
    2) the content in the right column underneath the purple box is missing
    3) then there is a huge amount of white space, about 5 inches to hazard a guess
    4) the life, work & home, school areas are not visible

    The rest seems ok.

    About 10% of the market appear to be using Chrome, me included, so whether its worth updating the site I guess is up to you guys. I am less likely to use it if I have to go to another browser to view it though.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, February 15, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Thanks Steven — I’m passing this along to the TravelSmart team!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, February 15, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Steven: a note from our web team. Could you clear your cache and cookies and refresh the page, to see if that helps? If it doesn’t let us know!

  • By Steven, February 15, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Jhenifer: Cleared everything and seeing the same.
    Uploaded a couple of screen shots here: http://bit.ly/gyBvKN
    No problems viewing the site in Safari or Firefox.
    Take care, Steve

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, February 15, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Steven, you are a star. :) Thank you!

  • By JC, February 21, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    What’s with all the different travel sites from Translink?

    So the “iMove” site is no longer being considerred moving beyond its pilot stage? I don’t even see Canada Line on there.

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