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Did you know choosing car-free options can benefit not only the environment but also your health and finances? Learn how these benefits can make a lasting impact in your life, connect to others who are on a similar journey, and get resources to help you visualize and plan ahead!


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Did you know that taking public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving alone can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 30%? That's right — choosing sustainable transportation options can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

Not only that, but taking alternative modes of transportation can help save energy and reduce traffic on the road. Imagine how many cars there are on the road every day, especially during rush hour traffic! By biking or walking instead of driving, you can avoid getting stuck in traffic and have a fun way to exercise at the same time.

And if you're not up for biking or walking, public transit is another great way to get around without adding more pollution to the air. You can read a book, listen to music, or just relax on the bus or train. It's a stress-free way to travel, and you're helping the environment at the same time!

Health benefits

Imagine starting your day with a walk or bike ride to work — it’s an easy way to get some exercise, soak up some fresh air and get yBenefits (Riders_Residents) -  Health Benefitsour blood flowing. And if you opt to take public transit or carpool, you can ditch the stress of driving in traffic, leading to better mental health. So not only are you helping the environment, but you're also taking care of your health and wellness. Win-win!

Plus, did you know that regular physical activity like biking, walking, or even taking public transit can help you feel happier and more energized throughout the day? That's because exercise releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals in your body that make you feel good. So, by incorporating alternative modes of transportation into your daily routine, you'll be improving both your physical and mental health.

Combining multiple modes of transportation can also be a great way to bond with friends and family. Why not plan a bike ride or walk with your friend, or carpool with your co-workers to work? It's a fun way to spend time together, and you'll be making a positive impact on the environment and your health at the same time

Financial benefits

One of the greatest advantages of choosing alternative modes of transportation is the amount of money you can save. By reducing your reliance on vehicles, you can save a significant amount of money on gas and car maintenance costs. According to the American Public Transportation Association, using public transportation instead of driving alone can save you over $9,000 per year!

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Additionally, many employers offer incentives for employees who choose to use sustainable transportation options. These incentives can include transit subsidies, carpooling programs, or even rewards for biking or walking to work. By taking advantage of these programs, you can save even more money while also reducing your carbon footprint and improving your overall health and well-being.

Here are some programs offered by the Best Commuter Businesses that have achieved Gold, Silver, or Bronze status!

In Pierce County, several resources are available to help you find sustainable transportation options and take advantage of employer incentives. We offer services and programs that can help you plan your daily commutes and even implement a transportation program into your workplace!


Get inspired by some of our Star Commuters and learn about their journey switching to more sustainable transportation options.


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