Personal vehicles emit a lot of greenhouse gases. Alternative ways to travel that would greatly reduce this number are: cycling, walking, public transit, carsharing and ridesharing, and electric vehicles.
You don't need to do just one! How about walking part of the way to work and then hopping on a bus? Explore the options!
Carpooling, ridesharing, carsharing - it can get a little confusing!
Carpooling involves two or more people who have a similar commute sharing a ride. This can save money for both and can result in having fewer cars on the road. This equals less pollution! Often, this is used for going to work or school or attending recreational activities.
Ridesharing involves community members using their own vehicle to offer rides to other for a fee. It is similar to a taxi cab service, but is offered by an individual instead.
Carsharing is a membership-based car rental service that provides a flexible model of transportation for individuals and families. A network of cars is available, often at various locations throughout a city, to members to use on an as-needed and as-booked basis.
Cycling is an environmentally-friendly way to travel that is also great exercise. And it can be done year-round! The links below will help you navigate the terrain of cycling, including safety and routes.
Vehicles can be powered by a number of things: gas, diesel, electricity, biofuels (corn and soybean oil), and ethanol. Most of the vehicles we see on the road are gas-powered, but electric vehicles are increasing in popularity. Electric vehicles have a set of batteries that provide electricity to an electric motor. The motor turns a transmission, and the transmission turns the wheels. These vehicles can be charged at home in a garage with a regular plug or at a charging station.
Public transit plays a big role in environmental sustainability. By reducing the number of vehicles on the road and having many people travel in one vehicle, public transit:
Walking is a great form of exercise, a way to get to know where you live, and a mode of transportation. It has a minimal cost (proper clothing for the season and good walking shoes/boots), but it does require that you add more time to your trip and that you follow some basic safety rules. The links below will help you get started.