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News Release

May 11, 2004

Bike, Bus or Pool to Work
And Save Gas Money!

Mankato, Minn. - The recent spike in the price of gasoline is giving the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Bike, Bus or Pool (B-BOP) to Work Week an added boost this year.
The week of May 17-21 is used to promote alternatives to single-occupant vehicles for commuting. Mn/DOT, along with transit agencies and employers, encourages commuters to try carpooling, using transit or biking.

"I think the high cost of gas provides an added incentive for the commuter to check out the transit system in their area or make plans with a co-worker to carpool," said Jan Klassen, transit project manager for Mn/DOT District 7. "And, of course, the warm weather brings other options such as biking and walking."

Klassen would like everyone to discover the real cost of driving alone. A calculator is available at http://www.metrocommuterservices.org/cost.htm to determine what you could save by finding an alternative method to driving solo.
- In addition to the financial benefits, B-Bopping:
- Reduced pollution from vehicle emissions.
- Promotes health and fitness for those who bike or walk.
- Reduces wear and tear on vehicles.
- Lessens the competition for parking spaces.
- Provides travel options for those who don't drive or don't have a car.



Work Zones. Pay Attention or Pay the Price.
See ORANGE.

We’re in the WORK ZONE Together

For statewide up-to-date traveler information, Minnesotans are now able to access weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion by dialing 511 or by logging on to www.511mn.org

District 7, Mankato/Windom
501 S. Victory Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001-5302
Tel: 800/657-3747
Fax: 507/389-6281

Contact:
Rebecca Arndt
Public Affairs Coordinator
507/389-6883