(This article was originally published on Y! Contributor Network on April 29th, 2009. There are many ways to get from here-to-there, that are more frugal than driving.)
Transportation for a Healthier Planet
There are many modes of transportation out there. Some are better for the environment than others. I am going to be discussing the methods of transportation that will have the least impact on our air quality, as well as save us the most money. A few of these methods will also lead to a healthier lifestyle.
This is, by far, the method of transportation with the least environmental impact. It costs nothing more than a new pair of walking shoes every so often, and will save you the most money over time. It is also great exercise. Imagine losing weight, or maintaining your current weight, while running your errands.
I walk to most of my destinations, sometimes getting in as many as 5-9 miles in a day. More often, I walk between 2.5 and 5 miles. I am able to walk to the post office, four different convenience stores, Rite Aid, the library, two banks, five restaurants, and numerous other businesses. Most of my errands are run this way.
This will get you where you need to go faster than walking. I regularly see an older gentlemen skateboarding while I am out walking. This is not the best mode of transportation if you are doing any shopping, though.
Roller Blading or Roller Skating:
Two more excellent modes of transportation. Again, if you need to purchase a couple of bags of groceries this mode will not be your best bet.
The City Bus or The Subway:
If you must use fuel to get somewhere, this is your best bet. It is the cheapest way to go, and you are sharing in the fuel use of others.
If you must drive to your destination, you should consider carpooling. In this way, others help you pay for gas. You are also not wasting as much fuel because everyone is not taking a separate vehicle.
These alternative modes of transportation are great ways in which to save money and fuel. Some of them will also let you live a physically healthier lifestyle.