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Get Around Greener

So many ways to get there with less carbon.

Share a ride, go electric or travel by bike or foot instead. Take this step and decide on a way to travel that works for you. Try it for a month to see how you do.

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Making meaningful changes to your daily travel can help to address climate change while improving your life, too.

Doing everyday journeys without a car can have a greater impact than you might think. Even a short drive can significantly add to traffic congestion and pollution. Not only that but it wastes fuel, adds wear to your car and can leave you feeling stressed and tired.

There are lots of ways to avoid the car. Walking or riding a bicycle are great ways to stay healthy and avoid the expense of driving while also minimizing your carbon footprint. For longer journeys, taking the bus, train, or using a carpool can minimize pollution while also taking the stress out of the trip (you don’t have to worry about road dangers and parking, and can pass the time with an activity you enjoy like reading). And if a personal car is essential, you can always switch to using an electric or hybrid vehicle.

However you choose to do it, making changes to the way you get around can cut your emissions, improve your neighborhood and leave you feeling healthier and happier.


    • 23 gigatons of emissions is equal to the annual emissions of 2.3 years of operations for all coal power plants operational on earth as of 2019.

      International Energy Agency

      Choosing a bike over a car just once a day reduces an average citizen’s carbon emissions from transport by 67%.

      The climate change mitigation effects of daily active travel in cities, Brand et al. (2021)

      Cycling for 30 mins burns 210 cal or more.

      Calories burned in 30 minutes, Harvard Health

      Light-duty vehicles driving in large [metropolitans] cause higher health impacts per mile...than those driving outside them.

      Health benefits of decreases in on-road transportation emissions

      Projections of hybrid and electric cars indicate they could account for two thirds of all new vehicle sales by 2040.

      Bloomberg New Energy Finance

      The daily average distance in private motorized vehicles is 7.7 miles / 12.8 km.

      Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Castro et al. (2019)

      Walking improves muscular fitness, bone health and reduces the risk of depression.

      World Health Organization

    • Impact metric calculations

      To determine the carbon emission reduction estimates related to switching to greener forms of transit such as electric and hybrid vehicles, train, bus, carpooling, walking or cycling, the following calculations were performed:

      Fossil Fuel Car: (miles/week) / (miles/gallon) x (kg CO2e/gallon) x (weeks/month) = kg CO2e/ month Public Transit (rail/train, bus/coach), Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Walking or Cycling: (# of journeys/week) x (miles/journey) x (kg CO2e/mile) x (weeks/month) = kg CO2e / month

      Carpooling: (# of journeys/week) x (miles/journey) x (kg CO2e/mile) / (assumed carpooling occupancy) x (weeks/month) = kg CO2e / month

      Total: Fossil Fuel Car – Lower Emitting Alternative = kg CO2e/month

      For detailed calculations, references and assumptions, please see our Methodology.