In Edmonton, transportation accounts for 30% of our greenhouse gas emissions and 42% of energy used. Our transportation priorities must take into account increasing environmental concerns, as well as the ongoing investment needed to maintain our transportation infrastructure.
Sustainable transportation choices support healthy, vibrant and livable communities. Whether it's for your commute, running errands or just for fun, there are lots of choices for sustainable transportation.
Walking and biking are among the most environmentally friendly ways of getting around, and is better for your health. The Edmonton Bike Plan continues to expand to help you get on your bike more often, all year round.
Edmonton Transit includes the use of buses and light rail transit (LRT). Just one bus can replace about 50 private cars on the road!
On a smaller scale, there is ride sharing, where you carpool with people headed in the same direction).
While private vehicles have the biggest carbon footprint, there are ways to reduce the impact.
Car sharing works like a library system where you sign up for a membership to borrow a vehicle, allowing you sign out a vehicle only when you need it.
Taxis and options like Uber and Lyft provide rides when you need them, where you need them.
If vehicle ownership is necessary, consider buying electric. Electric vehicles (EVs), including electric bikes, can be expensive. Luckily, there are a variety of rebates (for EVs, EV chargers and e-bikes) to help offset the cost.
With our electricity grid getting greener, electric vehicles are a way to Change For Climate. And while driving, remember to Be Idle Free.