Best way to get around: bicycle, car or on foot?
Get in shape and be friendly to the environment all at once!
Journeys of less than 3 km may take less time if you walk, use a bike or take the bus. If taking your kids along, try using a skateboard, skipping rope or rollerblades!
If you live far away from school, instead of driving your kids to and from school each day, start a car pooling initiative with the other parents and share the responsibility. It will save you time, petrol and help the environment.
Keep your tyres properly inflated.
This will reduce wear and tear on them and increase their longevity, thereby saving money. It also saves precious raw material: it takes 27 litres of crude oil to produce a new tire. Under-inflated tyres also increase fuel consumption by up to 10 %. Check your tyres at least once a month.
When driving your car, drive steadily and anticipate what is coming up. Avoid rapid accelerations and breaking as much as possible. This will decrease your fuel consumption.
- More green tips
- EEA report Ensuring quality of life in Europe's cities and towns
- Find out more on European Mobility Week and how to participate
- Ideas for promoting use of bicycles in cities – Copenhagenize
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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