With rising gas prices and increasing global temperatures, many people are looking for greener ways to travel and reduce carbon emissions. Although driving your own vehicle may be more convenient and comfortable, it’s not always necessary, especially when you’re traveling around town.
Whenever possible, opt for one of these eco-conscious and inexpensive modes of transportation to save money, reduce air pollution, lower your carbon footprint and work toward creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
Besides producing no greenhouse gas emissions, walking is a great way to exercise. Although it may take a bit longer to arrive at your destination, walking is by far the most environmentally-friendly and inexpensive (as in, totally free!) mode of transportation for commuting to school or work or for running simple errands within your community. However, there are times when walking just won’t do, whether because of distance, time constraints or the nature of your journey.
When walking isn’t practical, bicycling is an energy-efficient and quick way to travel farther without adding to air pollution problems. Bikes can be easily repaired and maintained at affordable prices over time, and you’ll never have to worry about the fluctuating cost of gas. If equipped with a basket or two, they also allow for larger amounts of cargo, such as groceries, to be carried home.
Like bicycling, skateboarding offers a faster mode of transportation that’s powered by human energy — no emissions. The initial cost of a good, reliable skateboard will quickly pay off once you consider the amount that you would have spent on gas or public transportation.
With new advances in technology, electric skateboards now allow for even swifter travel times with the same great experience that skateboarding has provided for years. Plus, it’s a way to get some regular exercise and makes jaunting around town a bit more fun.
This eco-friendly mode of transportation comes in a variety of forms, some of which are man-powered and others that are not. Although gas-powered scooters can be quite an investment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that even occasional scooter use would help reduce emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
Whether you choose a funky electric Razor scooter or a stylish, gas-powered Vespa, scooters offer a greener alternative to traditional transportation, and most have some storage space available underneath the seat.
Consider public transportation as a great alternative to the aforementioned modes of travel, particularly in the event of inclement weather. Many moderate- to large-sized cities have public transit systems that are affordable, easy to access and useful. Somewhat like carpooling (but with strangers), public transit is a reliable, money-saving way to travel in and around cities when it’s available.
Even if a fuel-operated vehicle is a must-have in your life, consider converting your automobile to biofuels or investing in an eco-friendly vehicle, such as a hybrid or electric car.
In the meantime, use these low- to no-emissions options for nearly any kind of errand you’ll run. From grocery shopping to visiting friends, there’s a green travel alternative to meet your needs for local commutes. Most of these eco-friendly modes of travel also provide a simple, fun and affordable way to work fitness into your hectic daily schedule.