Global warming demonstrates that theres a lot more we can do to improve the environment. Statistics show that if just one in ten Americans used public transportation daily, the US reliance on foreign oil would decrease 40 %. The impact of air toxins is a significant environmental issue. The benefit of living in a city is that public transporation is readily available. If you build walking and cycling into your transportation system, you can easily reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions generated.
HOOF IT: NYC is only 13 miles long. Its one of the easiest cities to walk around. The architecture, museums, High Line, Wall Street and Gallery districts are easier to get to when you walk it.
CITI BIKE: Public bikes are one of the best thing thats happened to NYC in a long time. Bike lanes are continuously being added into the city streets. There are also accessible bike paths along the East River and the Hudson River (West Side). But be careful out there!
Available for 24 hour rentals, 7 day rentals or annual memberships.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Buses and subways are easily available. There are also boat taxis and ferrys to take you to Staten Island or New Jersey.
For the MTA subway time app: www.mta.info/nyct.
SCOOTERS: As you walk around NYC you see a huge influx of scooters hitting the streets. Kids and adults are using scooters as a preferred method of transportation.
GREEN RIDE TAXI: Many of the newer taxi cabs are hybrids. Gogreenride.com
UBER: Uber has hit NYC. If you are stuck in a slightly unfamiliar part of town and see no taxis or signs of life give Uber a call or a text.
Cycling is on the Rise
According to DOT commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, commuter cycling has more than doubled since 2005. It looks like it might be time to buy your own urban cruiser.
Trusted New York City Bike Shops:
1. Adeline Adeline
147 Reade Street
This stylish TriBeCa bike shop can outfit everyone in your family with bikes and accessories.
2. 718 Cyclery
254 3rd Avenue
The owner is an ex-bicycle messenger and definitley knows what bikes to use in the city! They offer a large stock to choose from that includes everything from workman cycles to Brooklyn cruisers.
3. Jeff's Bicycles
1400 3rd Avenue
This is one of the oldest bike shops in New York City. They have a huge selection of bikes and accessories with prices ranging from very affordable to the higher-end.
4. Zen Bikes in Chelsea
134 West 34 Street
Lots of modern intersting choices.