How you choose to commute has a direct impact on air pollution and other environmental concerns. The same is true for non-local travel, such as taking the train to a neighbouring town or flying across the country.
Active transportation, such as walking and biking, is a healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around. However, this may not always be an accessible option for everyone. This page has information to help you decide which mode of daily transportation suits your needs.
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Public transit is an environmentally friendly way to commute as it reduces the number of cars on the road. Depending on where you live, there may be several options for commuting, such as a bus, train, streetcar or subway. Some cities also offer park-and-ride services, which also help to reduce the amount of pollution that cars produce.
Car-pooling saves on gas and helps to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. Many cities have adopted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for those who have two or more people travelling in a car. These lanes are often less busy and may provide a quicker route when commuting.
Car sharing allows drivers access to a vehicle when they need it, without having to purchase a car or maintain it. This is an option for people who don’t drive frequently, or who typically walk or use public transportation on a daily basis.
When, where and how you drive affects your vehicle’s fuel consumption and the emissions it may produce. Natural Resources Canada’s website has helpful information on fuel-efficient driving, which may also help you save money.
Purchasing a vehicle
If you are purchasing a gas-powered vehicle, consider selecting one that is energy efficient. An energy-efficient vehicle is one that requires less fuel and produces fewer emissions. For more information on buying fuel-efficient vehicles, visit Natural Resources Canada’s webpage.
If you’re thinking about buying a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV), the Government of Canada, as well as some provinces and territories, offer incentives to those who purchase these types of vehicles.
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