Action Guide

Ditch the Car

Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1 Savings: 458.0 lbs CO2 / $87.0 Bookmark and Share

Combine trips, walk or bike for some extra exercise and energy savings.

Why You Should Do It

Spending too much time in your car is bad for your health – and your carbon footprint.  Shave off ten miles a week and save on gas by walking and biking for close errands, and combining trips to reduce your travel time. 

What It Costs

Free!  Although make sure you always wear a helmet while biking – those cost about $20.

How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to ditch your car.
  2. Make a reminder card for yourself and put it by your front door or in your car.
  3. Using a real map, mark all the stores and locations within a two mile radius of your home so you know where it is easy for you to walk or bike.
  4. The next time you need to run an errand, check your map and ask yourself: Is my destination within two miles?  Could I walk there?  Could I bike?  Can I combine this trip with others to reduce my trips?
  5. Make sure you have some good walking shoes and a helmet for your bike!
  6. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money and making a difference for Minnesota!

Make It a Family Activity

Instead of loading the family into the van, climb up on your bikes and take a family ride!  It’s a fun way to spend time together and get a little extra exercise.

Make It a Group Activity

Ask your friends to come park at your place and take a group walk to a close restaurant, bar or movie theater for a fun outing.


  • melissa.lorentz says:

    Another way to accomplish this is to reduce trips. For example, bring your lunch to work instead of going out to get food. Another way to save money!

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