BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION CHOICES
Have you ever wondered why sustainable modes of transportation are worth the fuss? While commuting by Single Occupant Vehicle might be the most convenient mode of transportation, other sustainable modes of transportation are more cost effective, healthy, and better for the environment. Please consider some of the direct benefits commuters experience when choosing sustainable modes of transportation:
REDUCED COMMUTING COSTS: Driving alone is the most expensive commute mode. Commuters save money through reduced frequency of maintenance and repairs on personal automobiles, shared costs of fuel and parking expenses, and the availability of reduced automobile insurance rates.
LESS WASTED TIME: Commuters who rideshare reduce the amount of unproductive time wasted sitting in traffic. Public transit users and non-driving carpoolers and vanpoolers can use commute time for more productive or relaxing pursuits. Those who rideshare also shorten the commute times for everyone by reducing the number of vehicles using the roads.
REDUCED STRESS: Ridesharers generally enjoy a less stressful commute and consistently arrive to work on time.
IMPROVED HEALTH: Increase the amount of physical activity you receive in any given day by incorporating physical activity into your commute. By walking to the bus stop, biking to work, or walking to work, you are adding steps to the 5,000 recommended step total for the typical American adult and helping to improve cardiovascular performance.
Additionally, please consider benefits that sustainable commuting brings to the community
IMPROVED AIR QUALITY: One of the primary sources of the region's air quality problems are automobile emissions produced during short trips and stop-and-go conditions. Commuters who use alternative transportation modes reduce the amount of pollution emitted into the air.
REDUCED PEAK PERIOD TRAFFIC CONGESTION: The worst congestion occurs during rush hours when average automobile occupancy is at the lowest. Increased occupancy during commute trips reduces traffic congestion, shortens the length of the rush hour and subsequently reduces the amount of time it takes to get to and from work. It also alleviates bumper-to-bumper traffic and reduces the number of traffic accidents.
QUALITY OF LIFE: Controlling growth and mitigating the impacts of growth through sustainable commuting methods leads to a high quality of life for everyone and keeps our communities "livable" and economically viable.
REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION: Ridesharing modes reduce energy consumption by increasing average vehicle occupancy and reducing excessive motor vehicle use.
LESS LAND USE FOR PARKING FACILITIES: When you use a sustainable commute mode, you are requiring less demand for parking. This can free up land previously required for parking to be used for more productive uses.
[All above information presented above comes from the Association for Commuter Transportation's TDM Tool Kit]