Transportation is responsible for nearly 40% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions – and in San Luis Obispo, that percentage is even higher. The average American car emits one pound of carbon for each mile driven. Carbon emissions (also referred to as greenhouse gases) contribute to global climate change. By pledging to travel Car Free, you are taking a big step to fight climate change.
Leaving your car at home can mean saving some green in your wallet. In addition to gas, toll fees and parking savings, you’ll save miles and wear on your car that result from driving long distances. And, with all the discounts you can get from slocarfree.org, it really does pay to leave your car behind.
Walking and biking helps fight diabetes, cancer, depression and heart disease. Increasing your physical activity by walking and biking for trips where you would normally drive is an easy way to live a healthier lifestyle. Leaving your car at home is not only a healthier way to travel, it also saves lives – 47,000 Americans are killed each year in car crashes. Besides, with the all culinary options to experience in San Luis Obispo, you’ll need to do lots of walking to make room for all the great food.
Car exhaust is a major cause of asthma in young children and lung disease in adults. Taking the train to SLO or walking, biking, and busing around once you get here will help keep our skies blue and air clean.
Imagine taking the train along the coast, hopping on a trolley to experience our historic downtown, riding SLO transit from your hotel to the weekly Farmer’s Market, biking through vineyards, hiking the surrounding peaks, kayaking to Morro Rock, or renting an alternative fueled vehicle to explore Hearst Castle or see the elephant seals and monarch butterflies. That beats the stress of traffic, wrong turns, or the occasional speeding ticket any day!