Alternative Transportation Tips for Summer
Resources for getting around in summer without using a personal vehicle.
This week’s Making Ripples column in the Free Weekly contains alternative or “common sense” transportation tips. You don’t have to get rid of your car(s) like we did just to use alternative transportation – anytime you want to save money and get healthier, options abound! Walking and bicycling are great, but here’s a list of things to try if you’re struggling to make it to work, the laundromat, or the grocery store without a personal vehicle:
- Check your route to ensure it’s the shortest distance. Are there any parks or parking lots you can safely cut across?
- If timing or scheduling is an issue when you’re on foot, check into public transportation. It could get you to work a little early for a morning coffee, save money, and give you time to catch up on email or read. Some options now have free Wi-Fi!
- If you’re struggling to carry large loads or heavy books, consider your options:
- Rolling / Wheeled Backpacks
- $30 DIY Bike Trailer (video)
- Burley Travoy Bicycle Trailers
- Walk & Bike Company (WIKE) Trailers for children, pets, cargo, sport, and even canoe trailers for bicycles!
For contact information, maps, routes, and schedules for public transportation, click the following links:
Ozark Regional Transit (Kids ride free all summer! Free Wi-Fi on Route 54) (479) 756-5901
Razorback Transit (FREE bus service year-round; reduced service during summer) (479) 575-RIDE
Green Cab Company for Northwest Arkansas: RideGreenGab@Gmail.com (479) 966-4111
More information on Alternative Transportation from Ripples:
Killer Commutes and Healthy Alternatives
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