Direct Energy is an active member of Smart Commute NET. Staff often participate in GTHA-wide events, including Bike to Work Day, Carpool Week and Clean Air Commute Week.
Direct Energy provides ongoing incentives for employees at the Atria worksite to use smart commute modes such as sheltered cycling racks, carpool and hybrid vehicle parking spots and an employee shuttle to the nearby subway station.
It is estimated that the average annual cost to own and operate a personal vehicle is somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Carpooling allows you to share that expense, leaving you with cash for other things.
Carpool Zone is a free, easy, and non-commital online ride-matching service provided by Smart Commute. It rewards users for their eco-friendly efforts and tracks greenhouse gases and money saved by carpooling. Find your ride match on the Direct Energy Carpool Zone and start saving today.
Already carpool? Take advantage of HOV lanes and provincial carpool parking lots as meeting locations.
Vanpooling became a smart commuting option for Direct Energy employees in early 2011. Currently, there is one vanpool running from the Mississauga area. To learn how you can become a part of a vanpool, contact Smart Commute NET.
If you are commuting to the Atria worksite, take the subway to Don Mills Station and make your way to the bus platform. Take the 85 Sheppard East bus (service every five minutes) to the Consumers Road stop and walk to the Atria III entrance (about a three minute walk).
If you live within 10 kilometers of work, active commuting may work for you!
Did you know that the average person can walk 1km in 10 minutes and can bike 1km in less than 5 minutes? Walking/running is one of the best ways to commute. It’s cost-free, emits zero GHG pollutants into the air and promotes physical health.
If you're considering using your bike as part of your commute, why not “Rack it and Rocket” with the TTC? Bikes are stored at the front end of the bus. View a demonstration here.
If needed, improve your fitness by doing short evening rides to start, or try riding part of the way to work and taking public transit the rest of the way. Take a cycling course such as CAN-Bike (www.canbike.net), and read the Highway Traffic Act for information on cycling rights at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.
Active commuting doesn’t mean you are limited to staying at work during your breaks. Try walking, biking, or taking transit to local stores during your break. Running your errands on lunch also means that you can go straight home after work.
Looking for a route? Click here for online maps and route mapping tools.