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.
Ikwe (Women Helping Women) Safe Ride aims to provide a safe means of transportation for female members and children of the community through a volunteer run initiative and an alternative to taking a taxi.
Peg City Car Co-op’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable and inclusive carsharing program. It aims to fulfill the demand for carsharing by providing a practical and appealing transportation solution.
Ridesharing is a website where you can offer a ride or to book a seat for a rideshare in Winnipeg.
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.
Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses taught on all aspects of cycling, safely and enjoyably on the road. Program development is coordinated through national instructor committees, and Cycling Canada.
In this article, Green Action Centre outlines key things to consider and do to have an enjoyable and safe winter cycling experience.
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.
With the ChargeHub charging stations map you have all the information you need about Winnipeg’s public charging infrastructure. Check out the map on the responsive website or the iOS and Android mobile app.
Visit the Winnipeg Transit website to find out about transit routes, schedules, and cost for fares.
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.
The Winnipeg Trails Association is a coalition of volunteer trail builders and trail users who work on trail development and connectivity in Winnipeg for the benefit and enjoyment of all Manitobans and visitors to our province.