Transit Awareness Day, Dec 5th 2009 was the launch date for On the bus with Squamish CAN, a campaign aimed at creating Transit Leaders in our community who will take transit regularly and encourage others to do the same. On the bus with Squamish CAN will help us increase ridership in our community while we cut a big chunk of harmful emissions along the way! Over 20 community members took the pledge to ride the bus at least once a month, including several Council members and Squamish Mayor Greg Gardner.
Our 2010 Transit Leaders
January 2010: Mountain FM’s Rob Michaels
February 2010: Chamber of Commerce Manager Kenny Music
March 2010: East Indian Squamish residents Jatinder Dhaliwal & Baldev Grewal
April 2010: Citizen of the Year 2009 Kristen McBride
May 2010: Seniors’ Centre member Prue Fuller
June 2010: Snap Sea to Sky’s photographer Cindy Cardiff
July 2010: Garibaldi Highlands Elementary teacher Linda Kelly-Smith and Grade 3 students
August 2010: Valleycliffe residents Lori and Hazel
September 2010: Avid cyclist Jade Dumas
October 2010: School Board Chair Rick Price
November 2010: BIA President Eric Armour
December 2010: The Chief Publisher Laila Michell
January 2011: Transit Leaders celebrated 1 year anniversary of the campaign
Our 2011 Businesses in Transit
After one very successful year creating Transit Leaders with ‘On the bus with Squamish CAN’, the campaign changes shape in February 2011 to become ‘Squamish Business in Transit’. The aim is now to reveal Squamish businesses’ views on public transport and its potential impact on their operations.
February 2011: Zephyr Cafe
March 2011: Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Co
April 2011: Escape Route
May 2011: Brackendale Art Gallery (The BAG)
June 2011: The Shady Tree
July 2011: Gelato Carina & In the Raw Organics
August 2011: Squamish CAN ends “transit leader” campaign – Squamish CAN’s Transportation group members are anxiously waiting for news and developments derived from talks and negotiations between the District of Squamish and BC Transit. We also look forward to the opening of a public input period. At that time, we will determine our next best course of action, and the most beneficial and helpful use of our volunteers’ time and effort.
Squamish CAN would like to thank the District of Squamish, The Chief, and all Squamish residents and businesses for their support and participation in our “transit leader” programs during the last two years — we couldn’t have done it without you. We admire your willingness to overcome all the existing hurdles and your determination to make a difference through leading by example. We are optimistic that we will soon have a transit system that we can be proud of and works for all — when we get there, it will have been thanks to you!
Keep it up, take any opportunity to voice your opinion, and ride the bus whenever you can!