Day 6 of Eco-Life Challenge 2019: Switch it Up
Try alternative transportation! The bus, bike, sharing a ride, walking -- there are many alternatives to explore and figure out what works best for you. As our little city and so many others continue to grow at this pace, it’s important to keep in mind how much space we are taking up, particularly during transport.
If we all make adjustments now, the transition will be so much smoother. Practice using alternative transportation to increase public transportation demand and help decrease the number of cars in our streets. Together, we can shift the paradigm of how we get around.
Choose an alternative mode of transportation and drive a little less. Options: the bus, carpooling, biking, walking. Our local bus system, GoDurham, even has a trip planner on their website and will give you the best possible route to your destination with estimated timing.
When you do have to travel by car, organize your trips to get them done in one swoop, then let the car sit in park for a day or two. You could even plan a social gathering around the theme, like a bike ride on the American Tobacco Trail to visit a new Durham destination! Get fit, have fun, relieve some stress, and reflect on how to drive around less!
You don’t have to drive in heavy traffic. (re: de-stress)
Exercise and increase endorphins by biking.
Save money on fuel, maintenance and car repair costs.
Help reduce air pollution and increase air quality.
Build community and practice solidarity when you ride the bus, carpool or bike with friends.
For every mile walked instead of driven, nearly one pound of pollution is kept out of the air.