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Here are some tips on how to limit your ecological and economic footprint with regard to transportation. Happy reading!

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Journeys <= 1 km

Avoid taking your car on short journeys. Indeed, a 1 km journey in urban areas will only take 10 to 12 minutes by foot, as opposed to 4 to 5 minutes by car plus the time it takes for parking; taking the car may not turn out to be as time-, money- or pollution-saving as it may seem after all.

Journeys between 1 and 2 km

For journeys that are slightly longer - between 1 and 2 kilometers - the bicycle is an attractive option. You can get around on a bicycle at a comfortable speed of 13 km/h on average (8 mph), as opposed to 17 to 20 km/h by car (10 up to 12 mph), but with a bike, you don't waste any time or money trying to look for a parking spot. Cycling is therefore a faster and more economical means of transport. Besides, it will provide you with a little exercise.

Journeys > 2 km in urban areas

The bus and the tram/streetcar are efficient and economical means of transport in urban areas, especially during peak hours. Depending on the city, you could easily get around in urban areas by bus or tram/streetcar for about $1.40, without having to pay a fortune on parking! In many provincial towns, you can have unlimited access to all forms of public transport with a subscription of about 40 to 50 dollars. Compare this to the cost of taking the car 15 km to and from work everyday, that is, $6.30 per day or $126 a month for a 5-day working week, on top of which parking fees may be added.

Journeys > 2 km in rural areas

For journeys in the country, consider taking the bus, which costs much less and pollutes about 3 times less on average than a car where the driver is the sole occupant.

Trajets > 50 km in rural areas

Then, for journeys from 50 km or more in rural area, you could consider to take the train rather than your car. Indeed, train is cheaper and more eco-friendly than car. And you can easily do what you want in opposite of the car. And train is safer than car. It's nearly no railway casualties...

Journeys > 200 km in rural areas

Bus companies such as Eurolines in Europe offer rates starting from 23 euros for a round trip between Paris and Berlin, 40 euros for a round trip between Nancy and Bruxelles, which is three to four times cheaper than by car. This not only costs 3 times less, but pollutes 3 times less as well.

Journeys > 500 km in rural areas

For longer journeys, consider taking the boat if possible, which is a rather slow means of transport but one that pollutes very little. For example, if you are traveling to Corsica from France, choose the boat rather than the plane. If you are traveling alone, take the plane, which pollutes slightly less than the car for a single person, and is faster and safer too. It may also be cheaper thanks to low cost companies. Indeed, you can get tickets starting from just 10 bucks from low cost companies like EasyJet, RyanAir, South West etc. You can also find sometimes free tickets, or for 5 bucks...

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