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9 Better Ways to Get To Work Than a Car

9 Better Ways to Get To Work Than a Car

How’d you get to work today? If you’re like millions around the world, you hopped into a car all by yourself, and drove there. Commuting by car seems like a necessity–hey, we’ve all gotta work, right? We’ve got to be there, on time, every day, and driving a car seems like the obvious way to do it.

Well, it might be obvious, but it’s far from efficient. See, most car commuters travel alone. They also spend a lot of time idling or driving very slowly through traffic. Again, alone. Using Carbonica’s handy online calculator, I discovered that just a 30 minute commute, five days a week puts nearly 600 pounds of climate changing carbon into the atmosphere!!! Not to mention all the time and money spent maintaining, insuring, repairing, fueling and parking said vehicle.

C’mon. You’re smarter than that. In honor of National Bike Month, here are 9 better ways to get to work than driving a car.

1. Walk – If you’re lucky enough to live within a 2-3 mile radius of your workplace. There’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be getting there by foot. In fact, if you live really close, you’ll probably walk there faster than you can drive.

2. Run – Every single one of us needs to exercise more. We spend thousands on fancy gym memberships so that we can run INDOORS. Why not burn those calories running to work instead? See: What is Run Commuting?

3. Bike – You knew it was coming. When it comes to commuting, two wheels are much smarter than four. There’s no fuel, insurance, or parking to pay for, and you won’t produce a single pollutant. On top of that, you’re burning calories instead of gas!

4. Scooter – Not thrilled with the idea of pedaling up hills? Is work more than 5-7 miles away? A scooter can be a great way to reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing time (or your muscles). Bonus points if it’s an electric scooter!

5. Roller Blade – I hear that snickering. Sure, sure. Roller blades are a cheesy leftover from the ’80s. But here me out. It’s faster than walking and burns almost the same amount of calories as running (without nearly as much work). So there.

6. Carpool – If work is 10+ miles away, or if the infrastructure doesn’t exist for you to safely bike, it might be necessary to take a car. But if at all possible–don’t drive solo! Coordinate with nearby coworkers so everyone takes a turn, and no one pays to drive a half-empty car. See: How to Start a Carpool.

7. Take Public Transit – Carpooling on steroids. And without your coworkers. Enough said.

8. Use a Shared Car – Around the world, car sharing programs are providing a safe and convenient alternative to car ownership. These cars can be rented from a large fleet, or your neighbor, and you only pay for the time you have it. Gas and insurance included!

9. Via a WiFi Connection – The best commute is none at all. If you haven’t talked to your boss about the possibility of telecommuting once or twice a week, now is the time. See: So You Want to Telecommute? Here’s How to Convince Your Boss.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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12:45PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

In the USA how many of us live 2 to 3 miles from work? Not very many.

How many of us can ride bikes and secure them after we get there? Not many.

How many bus lines go where we need to go? How many buses go by close to your home? Not many.

How many of us can afford a scooter? Will we be able to secure it safely? Not many.

How many of us are able to roller blade? Not many.

How many of us live in the same neighborhood as our co-workers? Not many.

Share a car, who takes care of maintenance?

5:43AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

I thought you were going to say a horse...

5:42AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks

6:31AM PDT on May 23, 2014

noted

6:11AM PDT on May 23, 2014

For our health and our homeland

1:45AM PDT on May 20, 2014

idealistic

5:52PM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks

11:04AM PDT on May 19, 2014

I hear people saying bike riding is dangerous, but I have commuted over 40 years on a bike and never once got in a serious accident with a car. In fact, the only three times I fell off my bike were all in the same park - one caused by a stick in the spokes, and two caused by dogs off leashes.

If you choose your route correctly and ride smartly, your risk of getting in an accident is very small. Just read on another thread that the odds of an early death are lower for a bike commuter not wearing a helmet than they are for a car commuter. So really, it may FEEL scary, but it doesn't have to be. Safe riding is very realistic, if you plan your route carefully and use safety equipment. Cars are more dangerous in the end.

---- Steve

7:40AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:45AM PDT on May 19, 2014

I started carpooling too work about 6 months ago and I find it a great way of getting too and from work. I use the Carma app www.carmacarpool.com . Definitely worth a look for anyone considering carpooling and looking to save money on their commute.

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