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Doing “Outside” Comic-Con the green way

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Although the nature of Outside activities often makes them less than green (ex: lots of paper waste, and electricity use), there actually is a green side to this part of the event as well. You just have to look for it, and make sure that you use the options available to you when you find them. So, if you’re trying to figure out a greener way to participate in the activities going on outside the Convention Center, then look no further. Here’s what you have to do.

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As I’m sure you already know, parking at Comic-Con is a nightmare, therefore using public transportation to get to the surrounding area is a better option for a variety of reason (not the least of which is avoiding the $30-$40 per day parking fees!). However, once on site you’re now stuck with limited mobility around town, that is unless you know what you’re doing. The pedicabs are a terrific green option for getting around the Gaslamp area, especially for smaller groups of 1-4 people. As a bonus to this option, a company has sponsored some free pedicabs for Comic-Con weekend. So, keep an eye out for the green ones going around that say “I’m Free, Just Ask” then hop on, but remember they’re only free until 6pm. Most of the other operators are willing to haggle over price though, so don’t be afraid to ask, just be reasonable about your expectations. Plus, there’s also the trolleys and local bus options to consider as well.

For longer trips there’s a special train line running during the weekends now that will take you between San Diego – Orange County – and Riverside County, and another line that goes between Riverside County – Orange County – and L.A. County. A ticket for each of these lines only cost $10 per person for the entire day, and can be used for free bus connections to your destination as well. For departure times check out Metrolinktrains.com or 800-371-LINK. Different lines run during the week, so check before finalizing any plans.

Walking around the convention area, and the Gaslamp District is what most people choose to do; and to help with this, several of the streets closest to the Convention Center have been blocked off from traffic. There is also a heightened police presence at most major crossings to make things smoother and safer for all concerned. Make sure you’re carrying water though, as it’s going to be very hot this weekend, even by the shore!

Once you get hungry, you should have no problem finding restaurants that serve local and/or organic food options. If you’re not sure, they’ll be happy to show you what they have. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about any Comic-con specials they might be offering, because most Gaslamp locations are doing something special for this event. Enjoy!

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