Why Smart Trips is Important

Quality of Life and Community Character: The quality of the commute plays a significant role in the overall perception of quality of life in a community.

Air Quality
Increased vehicle travel and worsening traffic congestion are the major factors in deteriorating air quality and have significant health implications.

Infrastructure Costs and Construction Impacts
Communities all over the country are struggling to keep pace with the enormous costs of transportation infrastructure. Transportation projects take a long time to plan and execute, and construction often creates additional impacts on congestion and community character.

Economic Development
Traffic congestion and air pollution can negatively impact a community’s ability to attract new jobs and maintain overall economic health.

The Impact of Traffic Congestion and Ozone Pollution
Traffic congestion and ozone pollution are not only impacting commuters, they are impacting our businesses and communities. Employers are concerned about their employees’ quality of life and work experience as well as their roles as community leaders.

Types of Trips

We don’t expect that you’ll change the way you get to work, school, or out for recreation and shopping for every trip, but every little bit helps.




Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

The U.S. Department of Health calls for 30 minutes of activity per day. Why not knock out some of that on your way to and from work, school, or the store?


Employee Satisfaction

Eight out of ten employees consider the commute an extension of their workday. A stressful commute seriously impacts an employee’s sense of job satisfaction and can negatively affect employee retention.



On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save roughly $10 daily and spare the air 10 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. (They also burn 360 calories!)

Choosing to bike or walk a short commute to school or work keeps 15 pounds of car exhaust from polluting the air we breathe.



  • Each U.S. auto commuter in rush hour spends an average of 38 hours per year stuck in traffic, costing the U.S. more than $78 billion in lost productivity and wasted fuel.
  • Each dollar invested in the nation’s public transit system has been found to provide $6 in benefits in the form of savings in time and parking; avoiding job loss, welfare payments, vehicle crashes, congestion and pollution; increases in central city labor opportunities, mobility for people without access to private vehicles; and improved educational opportunities.
  • AAA estimates that the average person spends over $9,000 a year to keep and maintain a vehicle. Adding just a few Smart Trips to the way you travel can start putting some of that cash back in your pocket.