Going Green: 3 Tips for Choosing More Sustainable Transportation Modes

Have you been looking at your lifestyle as of late and realized that there’s probably a lot more you could be doing in terms of going green? Living a more eco-conscious lifestyle is quickly becoming a necessity, not an option, as it is the only way to preserve the planet for generations to come. But with such a big task, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and as though the actions of one don’t matter. The fact is your actions do matter, no matter how big or small they are.

A great place to start is by choosing more sustainable transportation modes. Here we’ll take a look at how you can do just that in your efforts to go green.

Choose Transportation Powered by You

When it comes to the most environmentally sustainable mode of transportation, nothing beats human-powered modes. This means things like walking, running or bicycling. Each of these modes of transportation can get you from point A to B without any emissions, gas/fuel or even battery power. Whenever possible, these are the best modes to choose from.

For those who live in urban areas, you’ll find more and more cities are creating bike paths to make it easier and safer to get around. You don’t have to worry about dodging pedestrians, which can also make your journey faster.

If you’re going to invest in a bike, choose one that matches the terrain you’ll most often be contending with. Each bike style has a different type of wheel meant for that particular environment. Hybrid bikes tend to be a great option as they are ideal for city riding, short commutes, and bike paths. They are relatively lightweight and feature upright handlebars and padded seats for comfort.

Golf Carts Can Be a Very Sustainable and Fun Option

Not everyone needs a full-sized vehicle; some people may be able to get by with a golf cart instead. Even if you still need a traditional vehicle for commuting to and from work, a golf cart may be all that’s needed in your downtime. Investing in an electric golf cart means you have an eco-friendly mode of transportation. It won’t create harmful emissions, is incredibly quiet to operate, has low maintenance costs and is perfect for noise-restricted areas and residential areas.

Did you know you can also customize and upgrade your golf cart so that it better matches your needs? Shops like Golf Cart Tire Supply feature all kinds of accessories and upgrades that you can install, such as seat covers, storage racks, armrests, new tires, etc.

Just be sure to check the rules of the road in your state to ensure golf carts can be used on the roads, and which roads are permitted. There are a handful of states that don’t allow it. Also, you may need to register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles and get a vehicle identification number.

Need to Rely on a Car? Consider Carpooling

So, what happens if you can’t get to work on a bike or a golf cart? Many people still need to rely on a car for commuting. If that’s the case, consider carpooling. Maybe you and some co-workers can meet in a central location and go in one vehicle, or you may have friends/family members who travel the same route as you. Many cities in the country have carpool and rideshare listings available where you can be matched up with someone else.

Choosing a more sustainable transportation mode may seem like a small step, but remember, each eco-conscious decision you make will positively affect the planet. If everyone were to pitch in and make small changes, incredible results can follow.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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