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Get out of your car and achieve your New Year’s resolutions

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s a new year and time to achieve those resolutions that you made a few weeks ago. Most New Year’s resolutions consist of getting in better shape physically, financially and emotionally. You can reach these goals by getting out of your car one day a week.The problem is that most of us have good intentions, but after a few weeks, we get derailed and revert to our familiar lifestyle. Kick your old routine and improve your health this year by using alternative transportation once or twice a week.

Below is a list of different forms of transportation to use at least once or twice a week to help fulfill your 2007 goals:Walking: An excellent form of transportation and a good way to burn calories. I realize that walking to work is not an option for most commuters, but walking for other trips is a viable way to get around and relax your mind. Walk to meetings, lunch, for errands and for exercise. It will assist in sustaining your quality of life and increase the overall physical activity you get in a day.Bicycling: One of the best, easiest, and most popular forms of exercise there is. It is also one of the least expensive, because quality bicycle equipment lasts so long. Riding a bike is healthy for you and the community we live in. Riding regularly will improve your fitness and help you maintain a healthy weight. Rather than creating stress while driving to work, the exercise actually relieves stress. Many commute trips are short, and bicycling is an ideal commute mode for short trips.

Ride the Bus: Save time and money while you relax on your way to work. Enjoy not having to hassle with traffic or parking when you arrive to your destination. If your New Year’s resolution involves saving money, by using transit to commute to work a person would save between $3,300 and $11,100 annually. While on the bus, not only do you save money, but you also can save time. Just use that time on the bus to read, work, relax, or just think about things. It’s your uninterrupted time to do things you can’t do when driving or sitting in heavy traffic. The bus gives you reliable, consistent service. Get on board and make the bus your other set of wheels. Carpool: Carpooling is the simplest and most common ridesharing arrangement. By sharing a ride, you can save money on fuel, insurance and car maintenance. Depending on the number of people in the carpool group, this could cut costs by half or more. Commuters who carpool encounter less stress commuting to and from work, and lowered stress means better health. Multiple people in a car can also decrease travel time, since carpooling allows the use of HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes in cities where they exist.

May 2007 be the year that you achieve your goals and dreams of getting in better shape physically, financially and emotionally. Getting out from behind the wheel and using alternative transportation a day or two a week is a manageable way to improve the overall quality of your life. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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