One of the greenest days of the year is coming up this Friday—Earth Day! This is where our global community works together to invest in our planet and make changes to take action on climate, and we want to make it even better. We are going to live like it’s Earth Week.
Each day leading up to Friday, we’re going to challenge ourselves to make a positive change in honor of Earth Day. Here’s our plan of action for Earth Week.
We’re big believers in taking things one step at a time. Shifting your lifestyle dramatically to be more sustainable isn’t likely to stick long-term. Just like our ideals of ridesharing, starting with taking a carpool one day a week is a great goal to start. Taking a tiny step today is the best start to taking care of the earth. Reduce your use of paper products, try transit one day a week, start using reusable shopping bags more consistently. We’ve got this!
No Waste Wednesday
Our daily waste can be more than we realize. Water, food, plastic, clothing; it weighs over time. Transitioning into a no-waste lifestyle is difficult, but taking tiny steps is a great way to make a difference. I can repurpose my produce that’s about to go bad by freezing it and putting it in a smoothie. I can let my friends or family go through my bag of clothes I’ve been meaning to donate. I can make sure I’m bringing a reusable water bottle with me so I don’t have to buy a plastic one.
Public transit is a driving force in climate action within the transportation sector. One bus takes dozens of single occupancy cars off the road. By lessening traffic congestion and the number of commuters driving alone, public transportation reduces fuel use and connects people to their communities. Riding on CTTransit is free through June 20th, 2022 in Connecticut. Maybe this Earth Day is your perfect chance to give transit a try!
While not everyone is physically able to walk, bike, or take the bus, those who are could make a great impact by choosing to go car-free for a whole day.
Happy Earth Week!
Working for a company that strives to make a positive impact on our environment makes Earth Day a perfect time to push ourselves to make changes in our daily lives. What will you do this Earth Day to make your mark?
As we adjust to being back in the office on a hybrid structure, I’m learning new things everyday about taking public transit to work. Being prepared is the key to having a commute without hiccups, and we’ve put together a list of the things that have changed my bus ride for the better.
My Perfect Commuter Backpack
The first day I took the bus to work, I had a tote bag, a lunch box, and my travel mug that I was juggling on and off the bus. I felt like at any moment I could drop my coffee or watch my lunch bag go tumbling to the floor. This began my search for my perfect commuter bag.
This backpack that I found on Amazon has a laptop sleeve, a USB port, an insulated lunch bag with its own pocket in the backpack, and two elastic bottle holders on each side. I have free hands, and this bag fits everything I need for a day at the office and more. On top of that, it’s super sleek, modern, and stylish. Every coworker who sees it says “Oh, I need that!”
A Portable Charger
Perfect to go along with your new commuter backpack is a power bank or portable charger. Having a charge on your phone can eliminate the stress of watching your battery trickle down as you listen to your favorite podcast or text your friends on your way home from the office.
Having your phone charged is also super important if you’re just starting out on public transit like me. I am always tracking which bus I’ll be taking and my route to and from work. Having your phone charged keeps your commute smooth and stress-free.
The Transit App
As long as you have a smart phone, you can download the Transit app. In over 200 cities worldwide, this app connects you to trip planning capabilities and a real-time bus movement tracker. It’s a transit rider’s best friend.
It’s streamlined, it’s visually appealing, and it’s super simple to use, even for someone like me who is brand new to taking the bus.
A Leakproof Travel Mug
My first day on the bus, my travel mug lid popped off and hit the bus floor. Yes, I immediately turned red. In today’s environment of bacteria fear, this was my nightmare. I spiraled into a deep dive for a travel mug with a sealed lid that would never fall off again.
My perfect travel mug find: the Yeti Rambler with a Hotshot cap. The screw-on lid is 100% leakproof and fully rotational. Even if you don’t ride the bus, we still highly recommend this travel mug to keep your tea or coffee hot all day long.
You're Ready to Go!
With our perfect commuter starter kit, you’re all set to take the bus or train like a pro! To our fellow transit riders: What are your must-haves for a successful, stress-free commute?
At The Rideshare Company, we are big fans of every type of commute. Do you ever wonder what your commute reveals about you?
If you carpool to work with a coworker or two, you’re reliable. Each member of a carpool is integral to its function. Look at you go!
If you take the train for your daily commute, you understand the value of peace and quiet. Giving yourself time to check social media, read some news articles, or just close your eyes and enjoy the ride is admirable.
If you ride the bus, you are organized and punctual. You’re not going to be the one who misses a deadline or joins a Zoom meeting late.
If you are in a vanpool, you’ve been called the life of the party before. You’re social, spirited, and trustworthy.
If you bike to work, you’re an early riser who loves to spend your weekends soaking in the world around you. You probably drink black cold brew, too.
Finally… If you drive alone to work, you may be considered an ‘old soul’, or perhaps you’re just a bit behind the times. Check out our commute savings calculator to see what you could be saving if you used a form of ridesharing to get to and from work instead of a single-occupancy vehicle.
So, were our assumptions accurate? We’d love if you would tweet at us with the hashtag #MyCommuteStyle and let us know how you get to work and if our first impressions were right.
Bikesharing saw a big reduction in usage when COVID-19 began in March 2020, with many systems suspending operations, and some companies even closing permanently. While things were not looking up for bikeshare ridership, suddenly the tides began to change.
Members of the American workforce who relied on buses, trains, subway, carpooling, and vanpooling were left in a difficult spot—How do I get to work as safely as possible? People were beginning to turn away from public transit in fear of spreading germs, and companies halted their rideshare systems to keep their staff healthy and safe.
Not every business was able to go fully remote. So, city-dwelling essential workers looked to bikesharing to replace their commute modes.
Using bikeshare systems enabled people to get where they needed to go while exposing them to as few people as possible. This form of micromobility became an essential transportation service when there was a serious gap in transit that needed to be filled.
Now, with bikeshare systems electrifying their business models by adding e-bikes to their fleets, people in cities around the country like New York City, Chicago, Miami, Portland, Metro DC, and San Francisco can go further and get there faster.
Companies like Lyft with bikeshares in these major cities began adding e-bikes by the thousands and are seeing the results in their increasing ridership numbers. Where it stands now, there’s no denying it: Bikeshares are only going up from here with e-bikes making their mark!
It’s Earth Day, the annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection! As a nonprofit in the transportation industry, we want to get right down to business. The transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the US at 29%. So, how can we do our part in protecting our planet through our daily commute?
Carpooling, of Course!
Joining a carpool is a simple way to decrease the number of cars on the road. Ridesharing does a lot of good for individuals—Saving people money and reducing traffic, stress, and congested parking lots. It does wonders for environment. Carpool programs around the US reduce carbon emissions from traffic filled streets, lighten the environmental burdens of noise pollution, and lessen the transit industry’s contributions to greenhouse gases. You can even use our commuter savings calculator to see how much money you could save by joining a carpool.
Work From Home
COVID-19 closing businesses has shown us a new way of work-life balance – telecommuting. People have found working from a home office has allowed a new wave of productivity and comfort while on the clock. Working from home takes away the complications of the daily commute and the carbon emissions that naturally come along with it. If teleworking has snuck its way into your lifestyle and it works for you, adapt your work week to your newfound routine as businesses begin to reopen. Work three days in the office and two days at home, or whatever fits your needs. Even cutting down one or two days a week commuting can make a big difference in your carbon footprint!
Becoming aware of your own daily usage of energy is a good place to start in creating a greener lifestyle. A first step could be calculating your own carbon footprint, taking note of your impact when it comes to your home, car, and daily transit choices. Understanding and acknowledging your own footprint is a great way to begin to make small changes to live a greener life, beginning with thoughts like: “Maybe I take public transit more. Should I invest in a bike instead of a second vehicle? How much am I spending on parking and gas per month?”
Happy Earth Day!
We’d love to hear how you take our beautiful planet Earth into consideration on your daily commute. Tweet at us and celebrate Earth Day with us on our social medias. Let’s commute green together!