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Video contest hopes to inspire less driving

Posted by on December 23rd, 2008 at 11:45 am

The folks behind the regional Drive Less Save More campaign are seeking submissions for the first-ever Drive Less Video Challenge.

The objective is to create a 25 second video that motivates people to drive less. The winning video will run as a TV commercial and will get a new Apple iMac and Final Cut video software. Anyone from Oregon or SW Washington can submit to one of two categories.

Here’s more from their website:

“The opportunities are endless. You could spotlight your own money-saving tips, poke fun at excessive driving or feature any number of travel options (transit, biking, walking, carpooling, telecommuting, etc.) – so long as your video motivates people to reduce car trips. All videos must incorporate the “Drive Less Save More” message (the more creative the better!).”

The deadline for video submissions is 5 p.m. on January 30, 2009.

More details at DriveLessSaveMore.com.

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  • Peter W December 23, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    This sounds awesome. I wish I had time to do it! :)

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  • 007 December 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Here is what bugs me about this contest: “save more”.
    I have been bike commuting for 30 years and it has never ever been about saving money. I have been interviewed by newspapers about bike commuting and have had them print that one of my reasons was to save money but I have never ever said or thought that.
    I wonder how many of us bike commute to save money. It may be an incidental benefit but I don’t think it’s a primary or secondary reason. Saving money wouldn’t motivate me to ride in the rain all winter if I didn’t love to bike.
    Here are my top reasons:
    1. I love to ride my bike. It’s fun.
    2. I am living life and staying connected to nature.
    3. It’s quicker. I get around the inner city quicker
    than cars. I have had contests with friends and
    have seen cars I’ve passed arrive downtown
    after me.
    4. It often smells better than the bus.

    Saving money would never be on my list. If I didn’t save money biking to work, would I still bike? Of course.

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  • nuovorecord December 27, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Driving less saves a lot of things besides money; the environment being primary among them.

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  • Travis Wittwer January 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

    @077, I agree with the not-being-about-money sentiment. I echo that thought. For example, if I got a free car and all I had to pay for was gas, that would not be all that much money, and even that is, to an extent, something a person can budget. However, what I like about bikes is more control. There are fewer problems with bikes; fewer repairs; fewer fees; fewer costs for replacements; no insurance costs.

    If I want to get somewhere, I have to get off my tukous (sp?) and do it myself. I am in control of where I go and to what extent I pay out.

    That said, I still may enter the contest for the goodies.

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