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Transportation

Living green is a personal choice. Below is a list of ideas that will greatly benefit our environment, however, it’s up to you to implement them in your life.

Auto

One of the largest sources of carbon emissions in the U.S. is from transportation, namely, automobiles. Going car-less may not be possible for you, but there are ways to use your car more sustainably.

  • If you're choosing a new car, find one that has a higher mile-per-gallon rate.
  • Keep air in your tires and keep up to date with regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes. This makes your car more energy efficient and safer to drive.
  • Be conscious of how often you drive, especially when you may not need to.
  • Choose an alternate form of transportation one day a week.
  • Carpool with friends whenever possible. If you want to carpool to locations outside Tucson, Parking and Transportation offers Zim Ride.
  • Take an Arizona Shuttle to major cities like Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Prescott rather than driving your own vehicle.

Public

Tucson has made great strides to improve and create new modes of public transportation. While these forms of transportation do emit carbon, they do so at much lower per-person rates than private automobiles. If you’re looking to use more sustainable transportation, these options are a good improvement from private cars. As a UA student, you have access to a 50% discount on semester and annual U-passes for all City of Tucson public transportation, including the Sun Link Street Car and the public bus system.

People-powered

Whether it’s your feet, a bike, a scooter, a skateboard, longboard, shortboard, redboard, blueboard or a piggy-back ride, people-powered transportation is the most sustainable way to get around, in terms of emissions. When buying, using, and getting rid of these items, follow some of the helpful tips in the Shopping and Disposal sections of this guide and check out Bookman’s Sports Exchange where you can find used bikes and boards.

Considering that Tucson is a Gold-rated community according to the League of American Bicyclists, it offers multiple beneficial resources for bicyclists.

  • Twice a year, there is a bike swap on 4th Avenue, hosted by the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association.
  • Take bike safety classes from the City of Tucson and receive free biking gear such as helmets, lights, locks, etc.
  • There is a free bike repair and registration station located near the Science & Engineering Library on UA's campus every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Check out Tucson's Bike Co-op for repairs, repurposing or buying bikes.
  • Try out the bike sharing program for students called Cat Wheels.
  • Use the free bike valet service on campus to quickly get your bike locked up in a safe area during the school day.
  • Bike enthusiasts gather around the flagpole west of Old Main on Tuesday nights around 8:30pm for Tuesday Night Bike Rides.