Use alternative ways of transportation.
We live in a very car-dependent society and hopping it to our vehicles to go everywhere has become a habit, even if we don’t always have to drive.
Every time we chose to get somewhere using alternatives to driving our own cars, we not only save gas (which continues to rise in price) but we also cut down on the wear and tear of our cars, help keep our air clean and reduce pollution and can even get a little exercise out of it.
Although many of our small communities don’t offer bus service or other public transportation options, there are still ways to get out of our cars and to where we need to go using alternative transportation.
How to get around without driving your car:
Using alternative forms of transportation can be good for our community, family, economy, health and the environment.
Here are some ways and options for using your car less (from ParkCityGreen.org):
- Bike – Get some exercise and ditch your car at home. Biking is a great way to travel and if there are bike-friendly trails around your community, you can get anywhere you want quickly and safely.
- Walk – While walking might not be practical all the time, when you can, use your own two feet. Try parking your car in one central location and then walking everywhere you need to go instead of driving to each little place. Some communities have miles of pedestrian-friendly paths, trails and crossings all over their cities to encourage you to use your own two feet to get around.
- Take the Bus – Did you know the Park City Bus System is completely free year round? The bus runs every 15-20 minutes all around town and can get you within walking distance of everywhere you need to be. Make sure to use the bus to get to the ski resorts, concerts, parades and festivals to avoid the crowds and not have to worry about parking.
- Carpooling and Rideshare – Packing three or four people in a single car does wonders for overall fuel efficiency of the trip, not to mention you can use the car pool lane. So find family members, friends or neighbors to carpool with and make it work. Or utilize UTA Rideshare program to coordinate rides for you and others you work with or have similar commutes.
Instead of just automatically getting in to your car, stop and think if this trip or errand can be done on bike or foot.