Are you wondering what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint from daily travel? Rick Wagernagel and other members of Burlington Ready for 100% have compiled a list of actions you can take right now to help lower greenhouse gases and build a low-carbon transportation system for Vermont. Here’s our slightly altered version of the list.
Share a Ride
Join GO!VT and use its carpool matcher to find rides or riders. Promote the carpool matcher to coworkers, friends, and neighbors.
Ride the bus
Download the GMT Transit App for routes, schedules and real-time tracking
Download the Token Transit app and pay GMT fares with your phone.
If you’re a first-timer, a Bus Buddy can help you learn the ropes by escorting you on your first journey
Become a transit booster and get your friends & coworkers on the bus.
If you live outside Green Mountain Transit’s service area, find your transit provider.
Find efficient local transportation options (Chittenden County)
Get a personal travel plan though the Go!VT Helpline 800-685-RIDE
Plan a trip using Go!VT’s multimodal trip planner
Enroll in and promote Go!VT’s Emergency Ride Home program. GRH reimburses travel fees up to $70, 6 times a year.
Track trips using Go!VT’s Go Green app, and earn rewards for teleworking, biking, walking, riding transit and carpooling.
Encourage your employer to join CATMA’s Employee Transportation Coordinator Network or become a CATMA Member. Members are eligible for a suite of transportation programs and services that can enhance employee commuter benefits, cut costs and reduce parking demand.
Telecommute if possible.
Get tips and learn about safe biking practices at an Everyday Biking Workshop.
Join a bikeshare program, and share it with friends and visitors.
Learn how bikes could fit in your life. Sign up for a consultation with Vbike or coaching session with Local Motion.
Borrow an electric-assist bike or cargo bike at the E-bike Lending Library at Local Motion and test drive it for a week. Find e-bike promotions, rebates and resources.
Invite the Local Motion Bike Smart bike trailer to visit your school.
Attend a bike-maintenance workshop.
Most daily trips are within walking distance. Your body will thank you.
Share a car
Join CarShare VT and get access to an EV, hatchbacks, hybrids, sedans and a pickup truck. Car sharing will help you reduce the number of vehicles in your household.
Consider an electric vehicle if your multi-modal options are limited
Test drive (or ride) an EV at:
CarShare Vermont – for members only
Neighborhood Electric Car Show and Tell (and Drive) events
Support installation of electric-vehicle charging stations.
Support infill, density, and walkable neighborhoods
Learn about the benefits of a compact development pattern
Attend a planning commission meeting to voice support for mixed-use development, especially housing that is within walking and biking distance of town and job centers.
Become an advocate
Check the websites of your regional planning commission and town for transportation projects planned in your community, and tell planners what you think about the projects.
Find members of Boards, Commissions and Committees and city and town staff. Tell these public officials that sustainable transportation is important to you.
Download Go!VT’s regional transportation guides, and make them available to your city or town officials
Talk to you school’s principal about enrolling in Vermont’s Way to Go! school challenge.
Get on a mailing list, subscribe to a newsletter, attend a meeting, join a group, volunteer or otherwise connect with any of the organizations listed below.