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Rethink your mode of transportation and compare to Nationwide report

With warmer weather and bright sunny days upon us, it is a great time to be outside. After months of cold weather, there is a need to once again enjoy the warmth. Spring is when we all start to walk more, bike more. This is a great time to explore methods to reduce the impact of your chosen mode of transportation.
On May 8, the U.S. Census Bureau released the report, “Modes less traveled—Bicycling and walking to work in the United States: 2008-2012." According to this report, across the nation there is a significant increase in the amount of people who traveled to work by bike over the last decade, showing that people are choosing wiser methods of transportation and considering what is better for the environment and their wallets.
Although Columbus, Ohio shows a decrease of about 0.4 percent in the number of people—roughly 1,550 people—who walked to work, Columbus is showing an increase of 0.4 percent in the number of people who biked to work. Cleveland, Ohio is showing an increase in both walkers by 0.8 percent and bikers by 0.6 percent.
There are other ways besides biking and walking that can help reduce your impact on the environment. Public transportation is a great option and it’s also a great way to transport your bike with the many bike racks now on the front of COTA buses. Commute with your co-workers or friends and make weekly errands an outing fun and different. If you’re in downtown, take advantage of the CoGo Bike Share that will be celebrating its one-year anniversary at the end of July. CoGo has a network of 300 bicycles and 30 stations available to rent and use.
With new programs and incentives, there are multiple green options to change how you transport yourself to and from where you need to be. Don’t just think of ways to change your daily commute to work. Think of the multiple trips to the grocery stores, playdates and outings with friends that could benefit from just a little bit of planning.

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