Sustainable Transportation refers to any means of transportation that is ‘green’ and has low impact on the environment. Sustainable transportation is also about balancing our current and future needs. Examples of sustainable transportation include walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, car sharing, and green vehicles.
Transportation is the single largest source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and anyone can help reduce their harmful effects by choosing sustainable transportation over car use. Transportation accounts for about 25 percent of total emissions, and Environment Canada has estimated that for every 2,000 litres of gasoline consumed, the average car produces 4,720 kg of carbon dioxide, 186.6 kg of carbon monoxide, 28 kg of volatile organic compounds and 25.6 kg of nitrogen oxides.
Leaving your car at home and taking more sustainable modes of transportation will provide benefits for yourself and the City. These include:
- Reduced traffic congestion
- Reduced air pollution and related risks such as asthma
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduced dependence on non-renewable energy sources
- Reduced transportation costs
- Increased physical activity
- Increased social interaction
- Support for local businesses and a vibrant economy
- Healthier lifestyles and a better quality of life