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Posted on: December 14, 2022

New Year, New Commute

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A new year often brings the hope of new year’s resolutions. Maybe you are trying to save money, reduce stress, get fit, read more, or spend more time at home with loved ones. Luckily, changing your commute can help you meet all those goals! Pierce Trips can show you how:

Save money

Driving alone can be expensive. Aside from the cost of gas, there is wear-and-tear on your car, possible tolls, and parking costs as well. Switching your commute is an impactful way to put money back in your wallet. A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car1. Take it a step further, walking or riding your bike can greatly reduce your commute costs!

Work on Your Fitness

Speaking of walking or bicycling, opting for an active commute can offer a lower insurance rate by reducing the miles you drive, save you money on a gym membership, eliminate parking costs, encourage you to buy only what you need (space is limited on your bike or self), and decrease your doctor visits by helping you live a healthier lifestyle.

When cycling at a steady pace of 12-14 mph, the average person can burn about 240-336 calories an hour2. Even transit riders get a boost in physical activity. North Americans only walk an average of six minutes compared to public transit users 19 minutes per day. Adopting a more active lifestyle helps lower the risk of depression, joint problems, diabetes, heart diseases and more3.

Reduce Stress

Those who are behind the wheel during commute hours know all too well how stressful driving can be. Leaving the car behind, or sharing driving responsibilities mean you can look away from the road and spend time doing something you enjoy; read a book, play a game, learn a language, or even knit! 

If you have an emergency that requires you to leave work, you may qualify for an Emergency Ride Home through a vanpool or employer program.

Pledge to Take More Sustainable Trips in 2023

Whether you want to share the ride, walk or bicycle, or work from home more often, Pierce Trips invites you to create an account on the Pierce Trips calendar to pledge to drive less. You can also use the calendar to log your sustainable trips, watch your savings grow, and enter quarterly prize drawings.

Start with a small pledge to ensure you don’t quit your resolution; try going car-free once a week. Create and complete your first quarter pledge by March 31 and enter to win a $20 or $25 gift card.

Think of Pierce Trips as your accountability buddy: Use the hashtag #PierceTrips and tag @PierceTrips on social media to share about your sustainable commute so we can cheer you on! Additionally, our Monthly News will encourage you to stay on top of your commute goals.

Need some inspiration? Get inspired by others in Pierce County who have gone car-free by checking out our Commuter Profiles.

Look around our website and start planning your car-free trip today!

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References

  1. American Public Transportation Association. (2022, September 21). Retrieved from Public transportation facts: https://www.apta.com/news-publications/public-transportation-facts/
  2. Harvard Health. (2021, March 8). Calories burned in 30 minutes of leisure and routine activities. Retrieved from Harvard Health Publishing: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-for-people-of-three-different-weights
  3. Litman, T. (2010, June 14). Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits. The American Public Transportation Association.

 



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