The reasons to switch to more eco-friendly modes of transportation are endless. The environment, your wallet, body and overall mood will all thank you for making the switch. Lessening our dependence on fossil fuels is the first step to slowing down climate change. Not to mention parking your car in the garage saves you money on gas, lengthens the time between services and can decrease insurance prices if you find the right plan that meets your driving needs. Whether you’re headed to work, school or happy hour, here are some tips to travel green.
Picture this start to your morning commute: A nice stroll down to the bus stop (fresh air included); a road-rage-less bus ride accompanied by your choice of book, music, newspaper or phone call with a friend; and finally a stress-free arrival to your office, university or destination of your choice.
Although this type of commute is not possible in every city or town, take advantage of the train, bus, metro or subway if your location offers public transportation choices. Treehugger.com suggests starting out by taking public transportation one day a week. Not only would you be making the eco-friendly decision, you would be saving money on transportation and keeping your stress levels low by ignoring traffic and horrible drivers.
Two wheels are better than four when you’re using a bicycle to get around. With an extremely tiny manufacturing footprint compared to its four-wheeled counterpart, a bicycle is a completely pollutant-free transportation mode that costs much less to purchase and maintain than a car. In urban cities, cycling can be quicker than inching along in rush hour traffic. It’s also a great way to get in your cardiovascular exercise for the day. Put your safety first and make sure you wear a helmet, and equip your bike with the proper lights and safety equipment for night riding on your way home from work.
Traveling on four wheels isn’t always bad, especially when you’re soaking the rays and cruising around on your skateboard. Depending on where you’ll be traveling and the distance of your commute, skateboarding is another transportation option that is friendly to the environment and your wallet.
When considering a skateboard as transportation, first look into the maintenance of the sidewalks, mapping out the flattest route to avoid too many hills and stoplights. Beach boardwalks or bike paths are perfect for a skateboard commute. Be prepared with a good pair of skate shoes, such as Vans, to ensure safety while you’re braking or slowing down. Plus you’ll look the part of that super rad skater.
If you’re planning on relying less on your car or perhaps subtracting it from the equation all together, there will be moments or situations when public transport or a bicycle/skateboard just won’t cut it. Maybe you’re late to a meeting, need to go somewhere where the bus doesn’t stop or encounter a last-minute emergency. Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are there for your rescue.
By downloading either of these ride-sharing applications onto your smartphone, you’re just a click away from a private driver or a carpool ride away from your destination. If you’re able to rely on public transportation or a bicycle/skateboard for most of your transportation needs, ride sharing is a great alternative for those rare occasions when you do need a car.