Bus, bike, and walk

Man riding bikeNearly half of all air pollution in our state comes from vehicles. So one of the greatest contributions we can all make to improving air quality is to use alternatives to driving a car, especially as a sole occupant. 

It’s not just the environment that benefits, though. Walking, bicycling, and taking public transit are better for your health and wallet, too.

  • Health. The quality of the air affects our health. By reducing air pollution, you are making our cities and towns better places to live. Plus, you’ll stay in shape. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an average bus or train user meets two-thirds of her daily exercise recommendation just by walking to and from stops.
  • Wallet. The American Automobile Association estimates the average expense of owning and operating a car at $8,558 in 2016.  Sizing down to one car can save a lot of money. An all-you-can-ride monthly transit pass costs $76.

Walk or bike within two miles

Forty percent of urban travel consists of short trips, two miles or less. Most of us could easily walk or bike this distance. bikers 

  • Cyclopath, an online map, finds bicycle routes in the Twin Cities based on a "bikeability" ranking. 
  • Bikeverywhere offers bicycle maps and guides for Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
  • Metro Transit provides resources and information for bike commuters. 
  • Nice Rice Minnesota offers and easy and convenient way to rent a bike in St. Paul or Minneapolis.
  • Use Google maps to find a pedestrian-friendly route by selecting “walking” or “biking” as modes of travel when planning your route

Bus and train

Find your route and learn how to ride the bus on the Metro Transit. If you live outside the Twin Cities metro area, see the map of statewide transit services.

Guaranteed Ride Home

Despite all these great alternatives, are you worried about those special days, when a family emergency comes up or you have to work late? For Metro residents, Regional Guaranteed Ride Home is a free "insurance policy" that pays for a ride home for qualifying commuters who use alternative forms of transportation.