Did you know that transportation is now the biggest source of the United States carbon emissions, with 80% of total pollution coming from automobiles? With that fact in mind, many people are looking for ways to switch to an eco-commuting option.
It’s simply a fancy term for eco-friendly or eco-conscious commuting. To be considered an eco-commuter, it means that you are getting from place to place in something other than a gas powered automobile. Popular options include: an electric car, street car, train, scooter, bike, skateboard, or on your own two feet.
Biking is a very popular commute option in our city, especially when the summer months arrive. Throughout Atlanta there are many bike shops, where you can keep your bicycle properly maintained and obtain the best accessories to keep you safe on the road. If you don’t own a bike, there are many spots throughout the city where you can rent one. Check here for some of the best! If you choose the bicycle route, be sure to review the Georgia Bike Laws here. We encourage you to claim the lane and follow certain tips to avoid potential injury. If you are ever involved in a bicycle accident, contact our firm for a free case review.
Train or Streetcar
There are a few public transportation options in Atlanta that are considered to be more eco-friendly than driving your own vehicle. The amount of carbon emissions put off by MARTA and the ATL Streetcar are far less than gas powered automobiles. For the detailed MARTA sustainability report, visit here.
Many people have switched to electric scooters to get from place to place. Scooters, such as Bird, Lime, JUMP and Lyft Scooters, are becoming very common in big cities. Although the e-scooter movement is a great eco-friendly option, these have also caused a bit of controversy in Atlanta specifically. If you do use this form of transportation, make sure you understand and follow the e-scooter law. Here are some additional safety tips to avoid potential injury. If you ever experience injury as a result of an e-scooter accident, contact our firm to discuss your potential case.
Many neighborhood communities in Atlanta provide accessible walking paths making certain commutes easy to do on your own two feet. If walking is an option, not only is it a great eco-friendly option, it helps you fit in your daily dose of exercise!
Eco-commuting becomes very popular in the warmer months, so as a driver it is important to keep your eyes peeled for those biking, riding scooters, and walking. If you are ever involved in an accident as an eco-commuter, contact Kaufman Law to discuss your potential case for FREE.