Imagine seeing that headline in the news. How many times have you had the same thought? Whether it’s recycling, voting, or contributing to charity, it’s easy to feel lost as one voice among millions. A CNN news blog entry, “Why some Americans won’t vote,” reported that “U.S. turnout in the 2008 presidential election was 90% of registered voters, but only 71% of the U.S. adult population was registered to vote.” Why? One of the common reasons people cited for choosing not to vote was that very reason: they didn’t feel that their single vote made an impact on the larger scale.
In a previous Fortify Friday post, I explained how if just 10% of drivers carpooled or took the bus just one day per week, it would remove 14 miles of double lane traffic from our roads daily. Recall the graphic below:
Okay, you might say, but how do we get 10% of drivers in the Triangle to carpool or take the bus?
It starts with you.
It starts with you connecting with your neighbors and your coworkers, asking them what their commute is like. It starts with you looking up bus stops and schedules near your house or apartment complex. It starts with you deciding that you’re tired of spending too much of your budget on gas.
It starts with you, one person, deciding to make a change.
Change is scary, challenging, and often partnered with a lot of doubt. How do you know that carpooling with your coworkers one day a week will actually make that much of a difference on the roads?
Well, how many of you are sitting here reading this on your computer or your iPad? How many of you are reading on your phone? Is it just one person thinking they can’t make a difference? Or is it actually, like the story about recycling, so many more?
This week, we sat down with Paul Straw, the person who first told us that story (click the title for the link to the original Onion article). As a sustainable travel services specialist and content developer of Share The Ride NC, Paul works daily to explain how carpooling, vanpooling, and alternative transit can make a difference. He walked us through how STRNC works and how it could play a vital road in reducing traffic from the Fortify Project. To find out more and see how you can get involved, check out the full interview below: