We all know how polluted our planet is and that if we continue with that pace without doing any radical changes it may become too late. On the other hand, if one by one, people start thinking green and acting that way, we might just make the world a better place to live in. You can start by doing small changes like avoiding your car. The following transportation alternatives can drastically reduce your carbon footprint while being beneficial for your health and budget too.
Get an Adult Scooter
If you thought that scooters are only meant for little kids to play around with, you’re completely wrong. Scooters are meant for adults as much as they’re meant for kids. Maybe even more. Why, you ask? Getting adults scooters and using them for transportation means that you’ll be using your car a little less and with that, you’ll be helping our precious planet stay green and healthy. And we need more people like that.
Scooters for adults have pro-level parts and are perfect for park rides and street riding. They feature a nylon brake system, front plate, rear inserts and boxed ends, wheels that are up to 30mm wide and offer great stability, hand grips with nylon bar ends and they weight only about 4kgs which is really lightweight for a scooter. They have a height of about 900mm, a length of 700mm and foot space of 350mm which is compact and comfortable to ride at the same time.
In addition the traditional designs you can also opt for scooters for adults that are foldable and easy to carry while you’re on the go. The technology is so advanced that many of the adult scooters come with a one-second folding system meaning that in just a blink of an eye your scooter is folded and you can take it anywhere you want or conveniently store it without it taking up much space.
Their height is also adjustable and you can pick from up to three different heights. A good compact scooter will also have foldable handlebars, ergonomic grips and an anti-shaking clamp along with a handlebar brake, extruded aluminium rear brake, a bell and high-reflective stickers sp that you stay visible in traffic. A foldable scooter can often weigh more than the standard one, around 6kgs to be exact, but that won’t make a lot of difference for most users.
Scooters for adults are designed to be functional, practical and easy to handle. The perfect companion wherever you go.
Consider Renting or Buying a Bike
With the help of a bike, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time avoiding traffic and spending time searching for a parking spot. In addition to being eco-friendly, bikes are very beneficial for your health. Riding a bike makes for a great cardiovascular workout. And instead of sitting in a car for 1-2 hours each day, cycling strengthens your muscles and core, helping to improve your balance and posture. Not to mention, feeling a breeze of air in your face is a great way to start your day!
The bike is the easiest and most convenient transportation tool that you can buy or rent for that matter. Both options work just fine as long as they keep you away from your car. Choosing the right bike is crucial in order for you to feel comfortable while riding it but also don’t forget the importance of choosing the right bike helmet for extra safety.
Consider an Electric/Hybrid Vehicle to Replace Your Old Car
Of course, bikes and adult scooters can’t offer nearly as much storage as regular cars do. So, sometimes you will need to use a car to get somewhere, especially if you need to travel with your family. So, you have the budget, it makes a lot of sense to invest in a modern electric car or at least a hybrid.
Electric cars drive completely on electrical power via charging while the hybrid car has two motors, one electric and one that uses gasoline, hence the name. They can have one or more electric motors that use energy from batteries that you previously need to charge. Electric cars don’t make as much noise as standard vehicles, they’re quiet and their most important benefit is the fact that they don’t emit any carbon dioxide and with that, they help lower the overall emissions in the atmosphere.
Apart from being eco-friendly, electric cars are also budget-friendly since it’s estimated that you need far less money to buy and maintain an electric car unlike the costs for a standard vehicle.
A hybrid car uses both an electric and gas motor. Sometimes it uses only the electric motor, sometimes only the gas motor and sometimes even both depending on the circumstances. However, its emissions are significantly less than those produced by standard cars. Some hybrid cars even make use of the energy that’s created by deceleration that’s completely lost in standard vehicles. Designs of hybrid cars vary from brand to brand and each has different perks from maximum fuel-saving feature to creating a vehicle that will have a very low cost.
Start Using Public Transportation More Often
If you need to go somewhere far, and you can’t do it with a bike or a scooter and don’t have the budget for an electric/hybrid car, public transport can be a great substitution Public transportation nowadays is very advanced in most Australian cities. You have frequent routes and many destinations covered. So, for a reasonably priced ticket, you can get to your wanted location knowing that by doing so you helped the air be a little clearer and the planet a little greener.
If It’s Not That Far – Walk!
If your planned destination is not that far, just walk. Just like cycling and scootering, walking has many benefits for your health especially if you sit for a long period of time, or if you don’t exercise and are not very physically active.
It may not seem like a significant workout, but don’t underestimate the power of a good walk. It’s true that walking is a low impact exercise but in the long term, the benefits are enormous. Just 30mins of walking a day is known to improve your cardiovascular health, strengthen your bones and muscles and increase your overall performance. With time, walking can become your routine.