Last week's sizzling spring weather coincided with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's launch of its 2013 Spare the Air season. The focus of this year's campaign is lone drivers, according to Aaron Richardson, district spokesman. People driving alone are the main sources of pollution, he said. Working together means rethinking your commute. Finding a better way to work by using transit, car or van pools, biking or walking are much better for the environment than driving a car
alone, officials say. The district cites recent census data that suggests that more than 37% of Bay Area employees commute alone to work each day, spending an average of 58 minutes on Bay Area roads. But there is good news. A recent air district survey indicated that drivers are more likely to seek out alternative commute methods if
encouraged to do so by their employers. Officials with the air district plan to roll out a new outreach campaign this summer that will encourage both employers and employees to seek out new ways to share, shorten or change their commutes to reduce driving alone, the district announced.
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