Metrolink passengers boarding train

Leave your car at home

Spectrumotion holds Rideshare Week events starting October 1

by TOMOYA SHIMURA

Spectrumotion staff at the 2017 Rideshare Week event.
Spectrumotion staff at the 2017 Rideshare Week event.

The hundreds of companies that call Irvine Spectrum home will kick off the annual Rideshare Week on Oct. 1 to encourage their employees to leave their cars at home.

Spectrumotion — an innovative transportation management nonprofit that promotes a wide range of mobility programs in the Spectrum — will host on-site events, typically during the lunch hour, throughout the area, for about three weeks, Executive Director Steve McCaughey said.

Representatives will offer giveaways and prizes and let commuters know there are options available other than driving alone. They include carpooling, vanpooling, Metrolink, cycling and walking.

Established in 1985 by the city of Irvine and Irvine Company, Spectrumotion is credited with taking nearly 2 million car trips off the road each year. About 11,000 employees at the Spectrum are registered in Spectrumotion’s database, McCaughey said. That allows the nonprofit to match commuters for carpooling.

Irvine is ahead of the curve in ridesharing, McCaughey said, thanks to the city’s Master Plan.

“We have extensive Metrolink service coming from the Inland Empire, coming from Los Angeles, coming from as far south as Oceanside,” McCaughey said. “We have a very extensive system of bike lanes and trails people can use to commute to work. The Spectrum is well-lit, and we have sidewalks everywhere so that people can walk safely.”

To learn more, visit spectrumotion.com or call 949-727-4273.