Create a driving-free zone around your home
It may take some time to get used to walking, cycling, or taking public transportation. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results immediately.
A quarter of all car journeys are less than two miles, and more than half are less than five miles. These are the easiest journeys to switch to greener alternatives, such as cycling, walking, or scooting. Dr Christian Brand, an associate professor in transport, energy and the environment at Oxford University, suggests drawing a two-mile radius around your home and avoiding using the car for trips within this area. This will make your household fitter, improve air quality in your neighborhood, and cut carbon emissions, as well as save on fuel costs.
Here are some tips for making the switch to greener transportation:
Plan your trips ahead of time. This will help you to identify which trips can be made by walking, cycling, or public transportation.
Make sure that you have the right equipment. If you plan to walk or cycle, make sure that you have comfortable shoes and clothing. If you plan to take public transportation, make sure that you know the schedule and routes.
Be patient. It may take some time to get used to walking, cycling, or taking public transportation. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results immediately.
Make it a family affair. Get your whole family involved in the switch to greener transportation. This will make it more fun and rewarding.
By making the switch to greener transportation, you can help to improve your health, reduce your environmental impact, and save money.