What You Can Do To Commute Sustainably

Walking, bicycling, taking public transit, or ridesharing just one day a week for a year can save you more than $500 in driving costs. Leaving your car at home does more than help your wallet—it helps the environment, the economy, your community and your health.

The key is finding which options work for you to get to work, the grocery store, or a special event:

Transit, Rideshare, or Carshare

Transit: Save money on your commute by taking transit and participating in your employer's commuter benefits program!

Rideshare: Sharing your ride with just one other person reduces your commuting expenses by almost half, potentially saving you thousands of dollars each year. Find out more about the perks of carpooling/vanpooling to work.

Carshare: If you don’t want to deal with the hassle and cost of owning a car in San Francisco—car payments, insurance, maintenance, parking—consider carsharing.

  • Trade your car for a carshare membership. Carsharing companies like Zipcar and City Carshare have vehicles permanently parked in "pods" throughout the city and region for you to reserve and use as needed. 

Get There, Get a Workout 

Bicycle: Bicycling is a healthy and affordable way to get around. There are no fuel or parking expenses, and you get a free workout with your commute.

Walk: If you live close to your workplace or to public transportation, consider walking instead. It costs nothing, creates no pollution, and requires no fuel. It’s an excellent way to exercise and connect with your community.

  • Check out WalkScore to see the walkability of your neighborhood


Telework: Establish a policy that enables employees to work from home or a remote location one or more days per week. 

  • Use the free resources at Telework Toolkit to start a telework program at your organization
  • City and County of San Francisco employees can learn about the City's telecommuting policy and obtain an application packet on the Department of Human Resources website

For more information, contact:

San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City & County of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 355-3727
Email: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org

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