It’s time to rethink your daily commute by choosing a smarter route. Enjoy the many benefits of ridesharing.
Every Commute Counts, a program of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA), is here to help connect you with resources and information about commuting options in Kentuckiana. Take some time to explore the different ways you can commute, and find out how rethinking your ride can improve your health, save you money, and even help you be more productive.
According to AAA, the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle is more than $8,500 or $0.57 per mile. Finding regular carpool/vanpool partners help you to share these costs with other commuters. Switching to bike commuting typically costs less than $1,000 to purchase the bike, a helmet, bike lights, etc. and less than $100 per year to maintain. Regularly commuting by these alternative modes of transportation will most certainly fatten your wallet.
Driving is a major source of air pollution. According to the U.S. EPA, mobile sources make up the majority of emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), nationwide. Increasing the share of those who use rideshare services, while also decreasing the number of solo drivers, would help reduce total emissions, enhance air quality and improve public health.
Taking transit or joining a carpool, vanpool, or bikepool provides opportunities for social interaction and community building. Even if you spend most of the time working on a crossword puzzle by yourself, commuting with others is a great opportunity to build friendships and enjoy others’ company while getting around.
Use your time while commuting to be productive instead of being stuck behind the wheel. Read a book, get a jumpstart on emails, or watch your favorite show while riding on transit, in a carpool, or in a vanpool. Improve your memory, enhance cognitive performance, and maybe even become better at your job while biking or walking to work.
By walking to the bus stop or biking to work, you build physical activity into your regular schedule and helping to improve cardiovascular performance. What’s more, choosing active commute modes help you avoid building stress while sitting in traffic. A recent study found that people who ride their bikes to work reported being happier than any other commuters.