Have you ever thought about what it would be like if we all lived a car-free or a car-light lifestyle? Stanford University estimates that you could keep approximately 19 pounds of CO2 emissions out of the air for each gallon of gas that goes unused. That's right folks, it might be time to ditch that car and strap on those walking shoes for your urban adventuring. Where will you go and how will you get there? We'll leave the planning and plotting up to you, but here are some suggestions to get you moving.
Three ways to get around:
1.) Hoof it. No, we don't mean riding on horseback (although you could...). Grab a pair of your most comfortable shoes and walk. This may be the most labor-intensive way of getting around, but it's also the cheapest and there are really no additional requirement. Going for a hike would be a great way to explore this option, hook up with your closest Sierra Outings Chapter for a list of upcoming hiking adventures near you or head to a festival or farmers' market.
2.) Bike, board, skate, or scoot. Channel the good ol' days of wheeled transport before getting your driver's license. Not only is this a fun way to get around, it's faster than walking and can be more adventurous, too. Bike NYC has a great bike-friendly event listing. Don't own a bike? Rent one for the day! Larger cities such as Washington D.C. sometimes offer discounted bike rentals, so search your local bike rental shop for some deals.