No Drive Day

Posted on: April 2, 2008

rideme.jpgGlobal “No Drive Day” took place this past Sunday, but on campus today, the JMU Green Team organized our own version of the event. It was pretty sweet – we gave out t-shirts, refreshments, and raffle tickets to all sorts of goodness. πŸ™‚ I’m not going to lie, the t-shirt was definitely a motivating factor for me to volunteer for this, although I probably would have done so anyway. The front of it has the graphic at the right on it (except the colors are reversed – the t-shirt is white and the graphic is navy blue), and on the back, it reads “Alternative Transportation is Easy.” Cute! haha, I really like it.
I’m going to jump the gun a bit and say that it was a success, although we’ll discover the truth of that statement once the data from the car counters is analyzed. I was out there bright and early this morning at 7:30 (on about three hours of sleep, no less) in one of the parking lots to help direct HOVs to prime parking spots reserved for them. It was a little discouraging at first to see that virtually every car that entered the parking lot was single-occupancy, but I rationalized that it was early in the morning and a lot of people don’t have class until later on, and that there are plenty of other parking lots on campus, so its possible that just by chance, the carpoolers are going to those lots instead… right? And it was funny to see people’s guilty or confused reactions to our “No Drive Day β†’” sign. Although one group of carpoolers thought we were protesting for them not to use the lot (I guess excitedly jumping and waving could be misconstrued as protesting…?), so I ran over to the clubhouse to paint the backside with a clearer message: “HOV Parking β†’”
All in all, it was a lot more fun than I expected. Companionship and coffee didn’t hurt, either. πŸ™‚


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