How you choose to commute has a direct impact on air pollution and other environmental concerns. Some commuting options, such as public transportation, tend to be better for the environment than driving cars, which serve only one or few individuals at a time.
Active transportation, such as walking and biking, is also 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 of these options may include energy efficient, hybrid, or zero-emission vehicles, reducing their carbon footprint even more. Some cities offer park-and-ride services, which help to reduce both traffic congestion and air pollution.
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. Car sharing options are greater in more densely populated cities or neighbourhoods.
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 or leasing a vehicle
If you are purchasing or leasing 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. To learn how clean your new vehicle will be compared to your current one, download their Vehicle Emission Comparison Tool.