In Context

The current transportation system in the United States and most parts of the developed world is autocentric. Fossil fuel usage compromises environmental, human, and global health. Investments in alternative transportation that reduce automobile use are key to fostering a sustainable future.

Our cities are structured around these vehicular arteries clogged with traffic either at standstill or speeds dangerous to residents. Cars puff out noxious pollution causing acid rain or asthma, and run on an imported, limited fuel. Studies have also shown that automobile-reliance is associated with obesity. In contrast, alternative forms of transportation - whether walking to the bus or biking a few miles - increase individual exercise levels and interaction with local businesses.

Additonally, the combustion of fossil fuels form carbon dioxide, one of the many greenhouse gasses causing shifts in our Earth’s climate. The export of carbon dioxide by transportation is astronomical, accounting for 26% of global emissions. Reducing vehicle miles traveled is integral to abating climate change and preventing global environmental disasters.

The future is bright for alternative transportation. The advent of the fuel-efficient vehicles has lowered the impact of participating public transit programs, such as the Bloomington Transit and IU Campus Bus. With the internet, it is incredibily simple to plan carpooling routes, long distance rideshares, research biking and walking routes, and learn more about the issues. Look at the Quick Links to the right to discover the alternative transportation solution for you!