When you choose “greener” commuting options such as walking, cycling, public transportation or car pooling, you reduce our consumption of natural resources, and could even reduce your stress level and save money. In fact, according to the American Public Transportation Association, households that use public transportation save more than $8,000 per year.
Top tips for a “greener” commute
Use more public transportation. Then sign-up for the Wells Fargo Commuter Benefit Program, which allows you to save up to 40% on your commute costs by purchasing public transit passes with pre-tax dollars.
- Route your commute. You can find the fastest way to work using public transit—and other useful information—by using helpful websites like publictransportation.org.
- Combine your commute with exercise.
- Safety tips for biking commuting
If you’re a bike commuter, or considering becoming one, the most important factor of your ride is arriving safely. Remember to always:
- Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones.
- Be seen – Wear bright colored clothing.
- Obey traffic signs, signals, and road markings.
- Ride with traffic – Never ride against traffic.
- Keep both hands ready to brake – You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed.
- Be predictable – Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do.
- Look out for road hazards – Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, glass and other debris.
- Keep your bike in good repair – Check brakes and tires before every ride.
- Find more tips and information about cycling safely at NHTSA.gov. Enter “seven smart routes” into their search tool to retrieve a copy of its bicycle safety brochure.
You can commute by bike or walking and save yourself a trip to the gym. You can also thoughtfully plan your trips and walk to stores and mall from bus stops. I often see Moms and Dads riding bikes with their kids to school – what a safe and fun way to build more exercise into each day! If you are shopping, you can combine trips with your friends and make it a fun green outing. There are many ways to become “greener”.