Green Tips: Driving Less

| September 17, 2022

The transportation sector is responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. It is crucial that we start to take alternative modes of transportation to reduce the impact of the transportation sector including electric vehicles, public transportation, and more micro mobility measures like bikes, scooters, walking, etc.

Although we recommend transitioning to electric vehicles if you are dependent on a car, we understand that they are not always accessible. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you drive less when possible. Not only can driving less reduce your carbon footprint, but also help to save you money you would otherwise spend on gas.

Alternatives to Cars
While driving a car is one of the most convenient ways to get around, there are plenty of alternatives to get you from point A to point B. Using your body to help you get around can certainly help you kill two birds with one stone: you’ll get where you need to go while exercising and managing stress! Whether you’re motivated to reduce your carbon footprint or get more exercise, check out some of our tips:
Invest in an emission-free, traditional bicycle to get around and exercise. Bikes can last for years with proper maintenance, and there are options for people with mobility limitations. You can also consider whether an electric bike or scooter works for your lifestyle and transportation needs.

There has been an increased effort to expand bike sharing like Citi Bike and other shared mobility programs in New York State. Look for programs in your area!

Take the ferry. Ferry service in New York City is an easy way to travel between waterfront neighborhoods while enjoying the outdoors.

Public transportation is a great way to get around and reduce your carbon footprint. Public transit is accessible for those with disabilities and can get you moving, too, as bus and train stops are usually not located right in front of passenger destinations.

Before hopping in the car, see if it’s possible to travel using public transit.
If driving is necessary, carpool with a friend or neighbor and try to consolidate errands into one trip. Shop at places within walking distance of your parked car (downtown, shopping center, etc.).

Make sure however you choose to travel so stay safe by always wearing a helmet when riding a scooter or bike, or by making sure you know your public transportation system well.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s green tips!

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