WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
ONE: MAKE CHANGES TO HOW
YOU GET AROUND
Cars are convenient but any vehicle that uses gasoline adds a lot of pollution to the air we breathe.
Most of our trips, especially these days, are relatively local. Consider alternatives:
Walking and bicycling are the obvious alternatives to vehicles, and are healthier, too. Alternative transit options don't work for everyone, but the Bay Area does have multiple ways to get around. Besides BART, CalTrain, and the SMART train, there are ferries and 19 bus systems in the Bay Area. To learn more about your transit options visit 511.org.
TWO: ASK YOUR EMPLOYER TO OFFER COMMUTE INCENTIVES
Many employers offer incentives if you drive less. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer commuter benefits to employees.
Do you work for a small company? Propose that your employer offer a benefit anyway! Find out more about the Commuter Benefit Program.
THREE: PLEDGE TO MAKE YOUR
NEXT VEHICLE PURCHASE OR LEASE
ELECTRIC OR HYBRID
Alternatives to gas cars are more available than ever. There are Electric Vehicles (EVs) to fit any budget and any style, from 2-seaters to mini-vans and trucks.
The Federal, State, and dealer incentives and rebates make them even less expensive than the sticker on the window. There are also
"previously owned" EVs that cost far less than new.
Virtually every auto manufacturer has committed to making EVs across all of their lines, and the State of California will be banning the sale of gas cars by 2035.
Whether new or used, purchased or leased, now is the time to explore the many choices and commit to making your next purchase an EV.
Learn more about the makes and models, cost and rebates, and type of EVs by visiting Drive Clean Bay Area , the EV Savings Calculator, and Bay Area Sun Shares.