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Whether you're going on a long trip or just going to the store, using alternative modes of transportation can help out the environment immensely. Single-passenger cars are a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gases, and by reducing your car travel, you can do your part for cleaner air and a better earth.
When going on short trips or errands, consider these alternative modes of travel:
• Biking – hop on your bicycle and ride to the store, library, or work (if possible). There are additions you can buy for your bicycle that allows you to tow large amounts of groceries or other purchases, if that's a problem; if you are just grabbing a few items, take a backpack or put a basket on your bike.
• Ride a scooter – scooters are gaining in popularity, and they get great gas mileage. Most scooters, with adequate engines, are allowed on regular highways and are a great way to get to work.
• Walk – just running up to the grocery store? Hoof it! You won't be using any gas and you don't be polluting the environment; plus, it's good for your body.
• Carpool – try to find other people on your route to work or other places you regularly go, and you'll be saving on gas and on pollutants.
If you're going on a longer trip, consider these alternatives to driving:
• Take the bus – hop a Greyhound to your destination. Most cities have bus terminals, and you can get just about anywhere you want to go. Bus tickets are usually cost-effective, as well.
• Take a train – yes, there are still passenger trains around, with service to most major cities. On a train you can have all the comforts of home – a sleeper berth, a dining car – and you can enjoy the scenery as you travel.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|