Written by Michael Graham Richard, a Treehugger blogger
Today is World Carfree Day, and to celebrate, here are 6 ways (well, 5 and a half, depending how you count the last one) to leave your car behind… And I’m not talking about just for one day! Try it as a lifestyle change and see how you like it.
Do You Want to Go Car Free?
We often write about how our society is too car-centric, and while it’s important to improve cars so they’re orders of magnitude greener (because they aren’t going away anytime soon), it’s also crucial to have a wide variety of alternatives to the automobile. What are these alternatives? To some of you they might be obvious — you might use some of them every day — but to others who are just starting to try to reduce their dependence on cars, an overview of what’s out there will be useful. Here we go!
Probably the most obvious choice, the bus can either be a great way to get around or a nightmare, depending on where you live. Sadly, in many places there’s been a comparatively small investment in bus transit compared to the money that goes into the infrastructure used by cars.
One way to make the bus more attractive is to create more reserved lanes and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems (check out Curitiba’s BRT: 2.3 million passengers/day). If buses have to spend too much time using the same lanes as cars, they just end up swallowed up by the masses of cars during peak traffic times and there’s very little benefit to taking the bus. But if they can bypass all that, a lot more people will use them.
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