Location is key. In brief, choose to live close to your regular destinations
. Use WalkScore.com
analyze places where you can live close to your regular destinations.
You might use walking and bicycling
as a basis for some of your transportation.
You can use
such as bus, train, trolley, light rail, or streetcar
for some trips.
maps many public
transit systems (not all). Apps like
can also help you find
transit mode between points.
Transit systems which have implemented real-time tracking and stored-value payments
are most usable.
When you need,
you could use a traditional taxi service or innovative on-demand
mobility services like
For seniors, check RidesinSight
On a regular basis, you might consider arranging for
carpooling (See Share Rides section in
own a bicycle or belong to a bike-sharing organization.
You might even find pedicab services, boat taxis, ferries, or other
types of transit in your area.
(1) Live close to a grocery store
so that you walk or bike to get your basic foods
in small batches every couple of days (and enjoy good
exercise and fresh foods).
(2) Order some goods online
for delivery right to your door, including possibly delivery of groceries from Amazon
, or your local store.
(3) Dress for the weather
: have appropriate gear for your climate and
daily weather, including
layers of clothing such as a waterproof outer jacket, a hat of some kind, good
hiking shoes, underlayers of clothing and gloves for warmth in cold weather,
and a small pack to carry things about.
(4) Be flexible
in your choice of transit mode: have
plans for harsh weather, transit strikes or outages,
or sudden changes in your schedule.
See if you can work from home on days in which your transportation
isn't available. Know a couple of
reliable ride-sharing services
and have their apps, Web site, or phone
number ready when you need it.
(5) Take a positive attitude
and view walking, biking, or transit as part of your exercise and time to be in your community, time to observe and think, or an opportunity to access social media during your transit ride. Enjoy avoiding the stress of driving yourself and appreciate being part of the environmental solution.
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