Considering just how large our cities are these days, travel has become an everyday challenge for many people. In days gone by, you used to be able to buy a house in a town and everything you need – schools, hospitals, grocery stores – would all be within walking distance of your front door. These days, the situation couldn’t be more different. The average size of a town has shot up over the last few decades, and residential housing areas have become increasingly further away from local amenities. Of course, the vast majority of people now have cars to take them from A to B, with many families also own more than one vehicle. However, the infrastructure of our public transport systems has also adapted to deal with the increasing size of our towns and cities – and public transport has a lot of benefits, the main one being that it is eco-friendly. With the high pollution rates that now plague many major cities, more and more people are looking are greener transport options to help reduce the risk this issue poses to the environment. Here are a few ways you can make the most of the transport that is available to you, but also do your bit for the natural world while you’re at it.
A low emissions car
Okay, so cars make up a large proportion of the CO2 emissions that hang in the Earth’s ozone layer. But the harsh reality is that a lot of us need cars, especially if we have children to ferry around on a daily basis. However, you don’t need an explosive gas guzzler sitting on your drive – there are plenty of excellent eco-friendly cars now available on the market, and many actually work out kinder to your wallet as well. The Toyota Prius, the Mitsubishi Outlander, and the BMW i3 all top the lists of the best low emission cars for 2017.
The concept of lift sharing is a relatively new one but is has already taken off in a big way. Services such as Ridester have made it easier than ever for people to share car journeys with other people, thus resulting in much fewer cars being on the roads. You could even offer up your own services as lift share driver, if you are planning a road trip of sorts – so you can make some money off the scheme, too.
Buses and trains
The public transport system can vary greatly depending on where you are in the world – some cities are very advanced while others are dragging somewhat behind. Many places are also investing their money into more energy efficient trains, buses and trams, so public transport is now greener than ever. Learn what is the best way to get around in your city, whether it’s taking the metro or using the local bus service. Most of the time, you can buy monthly or yearly passes to your local public transport systems so that you can save money along with helping the environment.