"Community" – Can be defined as a group of interacting individuals living in a common location. There are many things that can be done as a community to reduce vehicle miles traveled. When planning community initiatives, keep in mind the number of drivers potentially involved to help determine the best reduction method.
A community can include your neighborhood, local park, social organization or place of worship. Communities and individuals utilizing one or more of the following options will help reduce mobile source emissions and improve air quality.
- Carpooling/Vanpooling - A group within a community
riding together from their homes or a park and ride helps reduce traffic congestion
and mobile source pollution. Examples include carpooling to and from school, community
events, and your workplace.
- Mass Transit – Mass transit allows for many people
to travel together which saves fuel costs and improves air quality. Encourage the
use of mass transit when there is an event that many members of the community are
attending. Individuals and communities can work with the local mass transit providers.
- Park and Ride – Individuals in the community can leave
their personal vehicle at a park and ride and use mass transit or carpool to their
destination to save on fuel costs and reduce air pollution. An example would be
to use a church parking lot or a shopping center for a park and ride.
- Walking and Biking – Encouraging walking and biking
for travel within the community is a healthy option and reduces air pollution .
If there are no safe or convenient routes for walking or biking, lead efforts to
create them with your local or state government.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.