It's the first day of Rideshare Week! Rideshare Week is an annual statewide campaign to encourage commuters to share the ride by carpooling, vanpooling, using public transit or biking/walking to work. If you pledge online to share the ride at least once this week, you'll be entered to win a one of many great prizes including tickets to Cirque du Soleil, a Color Book e-reader, a $100 Target gift card and more. Once you pledge, swap out your current Facebook profile picture with our "I Pledged!" badge to share the love!

As we covered in a previous post, most UCLA employees drive alone when they travel to campus. If you do drive alone, Rideshare Week is a great time to rethink your commute. This Commute Cost Calculator can help put your daily drive into perspective. Aside from decreasing your carbon footprint and helping ease traffic, ride sharing can literally save you thousands of dollars a year.

In honor of Rideshare Week, we'll be posting a special series of blog entries that will take a closer look at various rideshare programs you can use to fulfill your pledge. And you can always go to our website for the various alternative transportation options available to you.

Next up on our Rideshare Week series: Zimride.