Many people do not carefully consider all the pros and cons of their transportation choices. While all alternative modes reduce traffic congestion, typically cost less than driving alone (find out how much driving alone costs), and reduce air emissions, every form of transportation has unique benefits. Here are a few benefits of alternative modes:
Healthy Transportation: People who bike, walk, and even take public transportation to work get more routine exercise than people who drive to work. While driving to work may take less time, exercising and commuting kills two birds with one stone – saving time because you have already finished your workout for the day and keeping you healthy.
Convenience and Savings: The flexibility and similarity to driving alone encourages many people to carpool and vanpool. This inexpensive travel choice puts you in the HOV lane, getting you home quickly.
It’s Your Time: Take the bus or vanpool and do what you want – check the news and stay in touch on your smartphone, read a book, or take a nap. It sure beats the stress and frustration of being stuck in traffic.
Of course, when considering an alternative commute, find out what option works best for you RideshareOnline is a great resource that connects prospective carpoolers and vanpoolers, and gives out prizes for commuting via alternative transportation. Find what bus to take to any destination in the region with the bus trip planner. Or connect with the bike community at Cascade Bicycle Club to learn how to ride safely and find resources like maps.