Lobby : Ask your local government to raise investments in sidewalks , bike paths and public transportation like subway and ônubus With low cost , these improvements can pay huge dividends in addition to improving your health and reducing traffic . .
Walk or ride your bike more : if you are close by , go on foot. Do not drive to the corner store or to the gym . Go walk or bike to work twice a week . In most cities , you can probably do without a car or use it once or twice a week at most .
Use public transportation : it is cheaper , greener , and in many cases faster than go driving . Overcome the stigma and take the bus . Many governments now offer tax rebates for the purchase of monthly passes .
Promote ride or commutation : Share the car as much as possible. Consider remote work if you live far away or change to close , even if it means paying more rent. In the long run you save money and gain quality of life .
Sow the future : these ideals instilled in their children , and expect the same from them . If they want a walk in the mall or go to school , help them find a less car - dependent and greener way to get there.