MARQUETTE - Summer has finally hit the Upper Peninsula, which is all the more reason to commute to work or school in a more eco-friendly way.
Recently the Michigan's Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, as well as other agencies, launched a Web site that encourages communities in Michigan to walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation to get from A to B.
"The new Michigan Smart Commute Web site is a great resource and provides a wealth of creative commuting ideas that communities like Marquette could adopt or expand upon," said Carl Lindquist, executive director of the Superior Watershed Partnership. "Marquette is already ahead of the curve on many 'smart commute' ideas such as having a great trail system for walking and biking, incorporating bike lanes into road projects and encouraging a 'walkable city'."
Lindquist is also a member of the city of Marquette's Sustainability Committee that has chosen to make transportation a priority, including road design, trails, municipal vehicles, public transportation and improved commuting options.
"The Sustainability Committee is also looking at the special commuting challenges and opportunities that a 'winter city' like Marquette has," he said.
With slogans such as "Say No To Your Car Keys" and "Think Outside the Glove Box" the Michigan Smart Commute Web site offers guidelines on how to organize an event that promotes a smart commute; how to form a committee; how to start a commuter challenge; and how to get funding.
"Encouraging creative commuting options is a good idea for many reasons including health benefits, saving money, conserving fuel, reducing pollution and continuing to improve the overall quality of life here in Marquette," Lindquist said. "That's sustainability in a nutshell."
The next meeting of the Marquette Sustainability Committee is tentatively set for noon Sept. 3 in room 101 of the Marquette City Offices on Baraga Avenue. The public is welcome.
To check out the MI Smart Commute Web site, go to: www.mismartcommute.org