Green Your Commute
A Green Your Commute Day participant learns about
the benefits of owning a green car from a person
who owns one.
Need help finding a green commuting option and route?
Go to Google Maps Click "Get Directions," then enter your start and end points and choose your method of
transportation. You should get a few different routes once you choose how you would like to commute.
Green Your Commute Resources
See "Links leaving DEC's Website" at right to find resources listed below.
Capital District Transit Authority
The CDTA website has a trip planner tool where you can enter your starting point, destination and date and time and your bus route options will be displayed.
New York State employees can get discounted passes that can be used on many forms of public transportation including CDTA and Adirondack Trailways buses, Amtrak and MTA and LIRR trains, NYC subways and many others. See the NYSRide website for details.
Bike to Work or While on Vacation
Rush hour traffic, or a scenic ride by
the river? You decide.
Before you commute by bike, be sure you and your bike can handle the ride. Test your route before your first commute, and have an alternate route just in case. The shortest distance may not be the safest and most pleasant route. Know what to do in case of mechanical problems, a flat tire or sudden severe weather.
Spend your summer vacation bicycling across scenic New York State. Register for the Erie Canal Bike Tour, or create your own itinerary using Trail Finder, which will help you plan a route and locate bicycle-friendly B&Bs along the way.
Resources: (see "Links Leaving DEC's website" at right)
- The Albany Bicycle Coalition website offers maps of bike routes and locations of bike racks.
- The New York Bicycling Coalition has good information about staying safe on the road.
- CDTA's Bikeable Bus webpage has a video on how to use the bike racks on the fronts of all their buses.
- The League of American Bicyclists has excellent tips and videos about biking to work.
- Parks & Trails New York's website includes a link to register for the Erie Canal BikeTour and another link to their Trail Finder.
Car and Van-pooling
iPool2: An online source for up-to-date commuter and carpool information-plus a free ride-matching service-for anyone who lives or works in the Capital Region.
511NYRideshare: The Department of Transportation's carpool and ride matching site.
Vanpooling with Vride: Share a ride to work with colleagues or neighbors in a customized 7- to 15-person van.
If you want to find a vehicle that pollutes less and gets better mileage, there are more options than ever before. To get an idea of the possibilities, see the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide (offsite link at right).
If you're not ready to switch to a more fuel-efficient car, then be sure to get the most from every gallon of gas with these tips for saving gas and maintaining your vehicle.
Green Your Commute Day
The annual Green Your Commute Day celebrates and educates about greener alternatives to the standard commute: one person in a gasoline-fueled vehicle. Participate by greening your own commute, or stop by and learn about the options:
- Take public transportation - Skip the traffic, stress and expense of driving.
- Walk or paddle - Get your daily exercise, no gym membership needed.
- Carpool or van-pool - Save money, and meet people.
- Drive an electric or hybrid vehicle - Consider buying or leasing a green car next time you're in the market for a new or used vehicle.
- Bike - Use your bike for short trips, and save gas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Try routes that you don't normally drive, and remember to wear your helmet.
Green Your Commute Day 2014
Thanks to everyone who greened their commute (and to the weather for holding off the rain)! GYCD was a big success. Check out some photos from the event.
The next Green Your Commute Day will be held in May of 2015.
More about Green Your Commute:
- Green Your Commute Day Registration - on-line form to register for the Green Your Commute Day event.