Edited by John December
Tips: (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, Peapod, 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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