by Ericha Moores

Here are some of the common alternatives to driving alone, and the health and environmental benefits associated with these options!

Walking and biking

There are many reasons why you should choose to walk or bike to your destination–whether that be work, school, or the grocery store.

In terms of health benefits, walking is a great form of exercise – according to David Suzuki, only 30 minutes of walking per day can reduce your risk of heart disease, as well as diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. It also gives you much more energy and studies have shown that it has been proven to make you happier! By actively choosing to walk you are choosing a healthier lifestyle, and this encourages an improved quality of life.

Similar to walking, another great alternative (and, personally, my favourite!) is biking. Cycling to your destination would get you there faster than walking and, again, it is great for your health. Whenever I opt to bike to my destination, I always arrive feeling refreshed and in a much better mood!

If you do not have a bike, then do not fret – there is the Community Access Bikeshare program here in Kitchener! There are several stations throughout Kitchener and Waterloo, where you can pick up a bike. You can become a member for $60 and use it from April through to November.

Whether walking or biking, being outdoors is good for your mind, body, and spirit! Plus, you can feel good about contributing to a healthier planet and decreasing your carbon footprint!

Public transit

Another alternative option is Grand River Transit – the public transportation system here in the Waterloo Region. There are many benefits to choosing public transit, such as environmental, economic, and health.

By foregoing your individual car for public transit, you are automatically benefiting the environment by reducing your carbon footprint and the amount of greenhouse gases that are being released into the environment. In not taking your car you are also decreasing the amount of air pollution, creating a healthier environment for you and your community.

Choosing to take public transportation over your own vehicle is much cheaper – the price per ride in Waterloo Region is $3.25, and you can get monthly passes. Both are cheaper than gas and monthly insurance rates!

Check out more details on where it goes and the different routes.

 

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