Do you know what clean commuting is?
It’s riding transit, bicycling, carpooling, walking, or teleworking. It’s anything other than driving alone in a motor vehicle.
Why is that clean commuting?
Because motor vehicles contribute up to 30% of the emissions that dirty our air, people who choose to clean commute are making an individual choice that helps reduce air pollution. Each person that chooses to clean commute helps to increase the quality of life in our region.
Even people who have to drive alone can help by keeping their vehicles maintained and running as efficiently as possible.
Take the Clean Commute Challenge!
Since single-occupant vehicles add to the pollution problem, doesn't it make sense to convince people not to drive alone but to try an alternate way of commuting? You bet it does. That's why every Spring since 1998, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council has worked to raise awareness about the relationship between our personal transportation choices and our air quality.
Here's how you can take the Clean Commute Challenge: For a few days this spring or summer, keep your car parked. Try another way to get around. It’s not hard! You can carpool, bike, take transit, walk, or even telework. It's easy! If you do drive, share your ride with a friend or co-worker, and make sure to keep your car in tip-top condition. You could cut your commute costs in half.
- Try transit – Ever been stuck in traffic? It’s frustrating and it causes more pollution leading to dirtier air. Leave the traffic and try transit!
- Telework - Let work come to you. [www.teleworkbaltimore.com]
- Carpool. Share the costs and make new friends. [www.metrorideshare.com]
- Bicycle. Get and stay in shape while commuting. [www.Bike2WorkCentralMD.com]
- Protect your health – Air pollution can make breathing difficult for everyone. Find out how to protect yourself on poor air quality days.
Or visit www.cleanairpartners.net.
- Save Money – Earn tax breaks while helping to improve air quality. Find out more about the Commuter Choice program.
Want to know more?
This spring and summer, visit our booth and talk with the Clean Commute team at the following events:
Howard County GreenFest (Howard Community College, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Earth Day at Fort Meade ( Burba Park, Noon - 5 p.m.)
||Earth Day Aberdeen (Aberdeen Festival Park, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)|
||Baltimore City EcoFest (Druid Hill Park, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.)|
||Towsontown Festival (Towson, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)|
||Towsontown Festival (Towson, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.)|
|May 17||Bike to Work Day (Various Locations around the Baltimore region)|
Visit www.cleanairpartners.net to get general information on the region's air quality.
Questions? Contact Russ Ulrich: email@example.com or 410-732-9575.
Air Quality 101
Clean Commute Partnership