Greenlights: October 2015


“Save the Date”

2015 Golden Modes Awards Ceremony, Thursday, November 12 @ 2:30 in Durham.

Lighten Up! The season is transitioning from summer to fall. The time will change again on November 1st, right around the corner. With this comes dangers for people riding bikes, walking and waiting at bus stops. Travelers at first daylight and dusk are especially at risk because it’s hard to see during that time of morning and evening. Use some caution as the wind chill drops and our days get shorter. Here are some tips to help keep you safe:

Pedestrians and transit riders:

  • Dress to be seen! Wear reflective clothing and use a light.
  • Walk facing traffic. Use sidewalks whenever possible.


  • Ride in the same direction of other traffic.
  • Lighten Up! Use white front lights and red rear lights and reflectors.
  • Obey all traffic laws the same as you would when driving a car.

Get more information on Lighten Up across the Triangle at



Bernie Zimmerman, works at James Scott Farrin at the American Tobacco Campus.  Her 20-minute transfer-free transit commute is 4.6 miles each way.  Be sure to bid her a good morning or afternoon on GoDurham route #10A in the AM and #10B in the PM.  She’s been transit commuting regularly for 2.5 years.

“I live and work in Durham, and I take the bus to and from work every day.  I find it to be an extremely convenient way to travel.  It saves me gas money, wear and tear on my vehicle and I get exercise walking to the bus stop, not to mention the stress of driving every day.  My bus ride is 20 minutes both ways.  During this time, I catch up on my reading or use my phone to send/respond to texts and emails.  It’s a great way to relax!  It’s also nice to see many of the same faces on the bus every day and wish fellow passengers a good morning or good afternoon.  The bus drivers are very helpful and courteous.  Also, the buses usually run pretty close to schedule even in the snow.  I take the bus year round, and even with snow or icy roads I got to and from work pretty close to the usual time.  It is a nice feeling to know that the drivers use caution and safety in bad weather . . . driving a bus in adverse weather conditions would stress me out for sure!  And with the GoPass, I can ride for free.  That’s a huge benefit to riding the bus.  What could be better that that?

I can’t say enough positive things about riding the bus.  Not only does it provide great benefits, but it also has a positive impact on our environment by keeping more vehicles off the road and cuts down on traffic congestion.  If you can, start out by taking public transportation for one day a week.  You will probably like it so much you will soon become a regular commuter like me. “–Bernie Zimmerman

Commuter Tip:

Trip chaining:

One of the biggest reasons people shy away from joining a carpool, vanpool or consider transit are errands.  You know the stuff you do on the way to work or home and during lunch.  Picking up the dry cleaning, stopping by the store for a bag of flour or gallon of milk, grabbing breakfast for the office…these are often barriers that keep people driving to work alone and -of course- stopping by the gas station way too often for a fill up.  With a little planning, you can combine a lot of those trips and make it more plausible to share your ride to work with others a few days of the week and save money, gas and car maintenance.

Here are the top 5 tips for Trip Chaining according to

The top 5 tips for Trip Chaining:

  • Develop a list of errands for the week. Think ahead about everything you need to do and get it done all at once. That way, you won’t need to make a last-minute trip to the store.
  • Combine errands. Do you need to pick up your dry cleaning today? Why not pick it up tomorrow when you go grocery shopping? Try combining errands in just one trip.
  • Group your appointments together. For example, if both kids need to go to the dentist, make it just one trip.
  • Plan the best route and avoid backtracking. There are a number of internet sites that can help you plan the shortest most efficient route and avoid needless travel.

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Current GoPerks winners…..

FirstName LastName Employer IncentivePrizeName
Patricia Alvarez DukeUniversity $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Ray Aull City of Raleigh $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Kathy Cox City of Raleigh $5 McDonald’s – Cameron Village
Rebecca Duffy City of Raleigh $75 Value – NC Museum of Art – SPECIAL – One Year Dual/Family Membership
Taylor Floyd City of Raleigh $10 Piccola Italia – Cameron Village
Syam Gadde DukeUniversity $50 Macy’s Gift Card
Rachel Gaylord-Miles Parsons Brinckerhoff $10 Cafe Carolina and Bakery – Cameron Village
Arne Johnson SAS $10 Mura at North Hills
Elizabeth Kunreuther UNC $25 The Oxford Restaurant
Darryl Long NCSU $10 Zinda Restaurant
Erin Morant NCSU $25 P.F. Chang’s Gift Card
Andre Pierce Wake County Government $10 Sweet Frog Chapel Hill
Bryan Poole North Carolina Department of Transportation $25 DECO Raleigh Gift Card
Ken Schoentrup GSK $25 Johnny Carino’s Gift Card
Amber Smith City of Raleigh $10 Cameron Bar and Grill
Christine Stachowicz UNC $10 Sweet Frog Chapel Hill
Sara Tinkham UNC $28 Value – IMAX at Marbles – SPECIAL – 2 Tickets
Julian Xie DukeUniversity $10 Zinda Restaurant
Elisa Arevalo Perez Hazen and Sawyer $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Peter Chow UNC $28 Value – IMAX at Marbles – SPECIAL – 2 Tickets
Casey Weakland UNC $25 North Hills



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