Types of Trips
Check out each mode to see what works best for you and to learn more about how you can make your trips better.
Advice and Support
Changing the way you get around can be intimidating, and there can seem like a lot of barriers. Here are just a few reasons people have said using more sustainable transportation doesn’t work for them and some tips to make it work.
Taking the bus or light rail is too expensive.
According to AAA, the cost to own and operate a car in 2013 was over $9000 per year. That’s $760 per month! And that doesn’t even include paying for parking. The most you need to pay for transit is $113.50 for an unlimited 31-day pass per month. Depending on what buses you actually ride and what is offered at your workplace or school, you can save even more. While using transit more often won’t cut out all of the costs of driving, it can add up to a big savings in your pocketbook. Learn more.
It takes too long.
This can be in the eye of the beholder. For long trips, biking can take a while. For shorter trips though, riding a bike can be just as fast as drivingÑmaybe even faster when you factor in how long it takes to find a parking space. You can typically bike about three miles in twenty minutes at a reasonably slow pace. Also, think of the time savings you might see by not having to carve out an extra hour to go to the gym by simply biking to work or to the store. Learn more.
It’s not safe.
There is a perception that biking and walking is unsafe, and it can certainly feel that way sometimes. However, based on Minnesota Department of Public Safety data, rates of injury from walking and biking are substantially less than that of driving. Both walking and biking only account for about 3 percent of all traffic injuries. While there is some logic to the idea that as biking and walking grow as forms of transportation, so too will rates of injuries from crashes, in reality there is ample data to show that as rates of biking and walking increase, so too does safety. Learn more.
I’ll never find someone to share a ride.
More people are interested in sharing a ride than you think. Ask around at work or school, you might be surprised to find out who lives near you and who thought they’d never find someone to share a ride. If that doesn’t work, check out Metro Transit’s online ridematch system, which has over 10,000 people looking to share a ride in the metro area. Learn more.
Appearing presentable at work or school after a ride is a concern for many considering bicycle commuting. Here are some ideas:
If your trip is short or you can ride at a relaxed pace, you may be able to ride in your work clothes (an ankle strap will keep your pant leg out of the chain).
Store your bicycle in a rack on the bus or train on the way to work then pedal home.
If you need to change clothing, you can either leave clothes at work or carry them with you.
Your employer may have shower and locker facilities available or you may be able to find facilities nearby your workplace (in the same building, for instance).
Your employer may have a room where you can privately change into work clothes and clean up.
Changing in the restroom and freshening up is always an option. You may want to bring or store toiletries and a towel (pack towels are super absorbent, small, and light). Some bicyclists use baby wipes to freshen up.