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Reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle trips you make

Walk or ride a bicycle for short trips in your neighborhood. If you live close to services, ride a bicycle or walk when you do your errands, such as going to the bank, picking a few things up from the grocery store, or getting a scoop of ice cream. Riding a bicycle can eliminate the need for a second household vehicle. With the amount of energy it takes to make one car, 100 bicycles can be made.

Consider riding a bicycle for longer trips, such as commuting to work or attending weekend events. Tucson is a gold rated bicycle friendly community (awarded by theLeague of American Bicyclists) and has a great network of bike paths. 

Click here
 to download a copy of Tucson’s Bike Map.

Visit the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website for more information about walking and riding a bicycle in Tucson.

FREE Bicycle Safety Classes
 sponsored by the City of Tucson and Pima County.

Tucson’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

Get your neighborhood’s WalkScore and find businesses nearby.

Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee

The Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee was established to serve in an advisory capacity to local governments on issues relating to bicycle recreation, transportation, and safety. Click here for information about bike safety classes. 

Greater Arizona Bicycling Association

Ride the bus. Tucson’s award-winning SunTran bus system provides a reliable way to get to work, run errands, and attend events in the community. Visit their website for information about fares, routes and timetables. Click here for a map of park-and-ride lots with connections to bus service and carpools.

The City also operates Sunvan, a paratransit service for persons with disabilities.

If you ride the bus or a bicycle just one day each month, you can save 16.5 gallons of gasoline and prevent 320.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year!

Join a carpool or vanpool to commute to work. Sharing the ride offers you a chance to save time and money, while reducing stress, traffic congestion and pollution. Using an alternative mode of transportation one or two days each week does make a difference in reducing your fuel costs, vehicle emissions and possible wear and tear on your vehicle.

Pima Association of Governments (PAG) runs the RideShare Program where you can get connected with a carpool or vanpool.

Work from your home. Telework, often referred to as telecommuting, occurs when paid workers reduce their commute by carrying out all, or part of, their work away from their normal places of business, usually from home. Many companies realize the benefits of teleworking. It saves travel time, money, and is just as efficient as being in the office when work can be done online and/or over the phone. It may not be an option everyday, but working from home one or two days a week can make a big difference in terms of emissions and money you can save. Visit Pima Association of Governments for more information about teleworking. 

Telework Arizona
 is a great model for teleworking that the Arizona State Government has managed for two decades. 

Setting Up a Home Office: Making Environmental Choices
 pdf (EPA)

Another option is to work a staggered shift. Most people work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. so the morning and afternoon commute includes a lot of time idling at red lights. Working a staggered shift, such as 7 a.m.-4 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., will help get you out of rush hour traffic, reducing your travel and idle time which will result in fewer emissions.