Recently, due to the covid crisis, we are able to see that due to technology, we are able to do a lot of things remotely. For some of us this includes working, learning and even attending meetings (that are sometimes more productive) from the comfort of our own homes. If you are starting to feel like you can actually make do without your car in a post-covid world - here is some great information about your options for transport.
Giving up your car can have a lot of benefits - from a longer life expectancy to saving LOTS of money (fuel, car, insurance). Here is a quiz to help you get some real numbers to motivate you about how much you can reduce your carbon footprint by switching modes of transport: https://www.omnicalculator.com/ecology/car-vs-bike
Having lived a car-free life over the last 3 years, I can say that in a city with decent connectivity (Philadelphia), it’s easier than it seems. Living close to the places you need to be at the most, relying on local transport and choosing a cycle, an electric bike or any of the latest personal transport vehicles makes this much more accessible.
If you can’t switch to a car-free life, here are some things you can do to help save money and keep your carbon footprint low:
1. Keeping your car well maintained
2. Switching to an electric or hybrid car are all really useful too
3. Reducing your car usage by even one mile a week is equivalent to one planted tree!
4. Give up your car and switch to zip-car/uber/lyft combination. Here is a GREAT article and calculator for how much money you can save by doing this:
5. Switching to an electric or personally powered personal vehicle is also a great option for those of you that don't have very large distances to cover. They are not very expensive and will still help you have access to wheels as and when you need them. Using them along with local transport can save time and make transit easier!
6. There are options that can allow access to bikes or electric scooters like Indego bikes, Citibikes, bird etc. These are great options for cities and pretty inexpensive too.
The part that I struggle with the most is grocery shopping. It's pretty far away from me so I tend to buy in larger quantities - making transportation back home a challenge. Getting an old-lady cart changed my life but there are plenty of options for things you can attach to your bike to make it more feasible!
Are you unsure you can take the plunge? Why not just try certain days of the week going car-free? Or try a week and see how it goes.
What are your biggest concerns about going car-free?
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