Go Green-Save Green

If you didn’t get the idea before election fever that we need to cut down our reliance on fossil fuels that destroy the environment, it’s now an inescapable part of the American dialogue. Times are tough and gas prices are soaring, so what better time to make the switch to other transportation methods and save a little green by going green..

Even concert goers can still enjoy everyday activities and special events like a True Endeavors show, without bending their green morals. We at True Endeavors want you to stay true to your greenness, so we have outlined the best ways to get out and enjoy life while participating in alternative transportation methods.

Madison Metro

Hassle free, cheap, environmental friendly, most routes drop off near venues, your own designated driver..

You could save $10 a day by taking a bus. That’s extra money for the Lucinda Williams show or money that could be spent on a band t-shirt. Riding the bus is 79% safer than riding in a car. Not convinced? American dependence on foreign oil would decrease 40% if just 1 in 10 people took the bus daily. Plus public transit saves about $1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide every year.

If the Metro routes and numbers make you anxious, the City of Madison has a site that will plan your trip for you. If you go to http://trip.cityofmadison.com/hiwire and type in your starting address and the name of the venue, the guide will tell you which route to take for the quickest travel.

Bike or Walk

Completely good for the environment and you too!

There is no greener way to get to a show than by your own sweat and calories. Most True Endeavors venues are located in the downtown area to which feeds ample bike routes. If you are unsure of where to go or what path to take, bikesreviewed.com will show you all of the biking and walking paths in the Madison area. Plus you can bike then bus home, Madison buses have bike racks right on them!

Safe bike routes to shows, http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/trafficEngineering/bicyclingMaps.cfm

Or try this user friendly site to see easy-to-navigate transportation options such as bus routes, bicycle routes, foot routes, and downtown parking: http://www.soiltopo.com/meg/transoptions/city_map.php

Share Ride Cab

If you don’t want to take your bike or the Metro, try a share-ride taxi. Badger Cab picks up others on the way to your destination. There is even a site that will estimate a fare to the Barrymore, Orpheum, or even Café Montmarte. When a show comes up, you will know what to expect to pay:  http://www.badgercab.com/streetentry.asp 

 

Drive Together

If you are an out-of-towner and can’t get around without your car, try carpooling with others from your area. There are many sites dedicated to posting carpool requests. The habit of carpooling can help reduce congestion, pollution, and most commuters save over $1,500/yr.

This site has the option to post a “need a ride” can “give a ride” on the site. http://www.carpoolworld.com/carpool_.html?to=Madison&state=WI&country=USA,US

Parking can be an issue when attending anything in the downtown area, but if you surf to http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/parking/downtownMap.html you can find a map with all of the parking ramps. Most evenings the parking ramp is only $3.

Community Car

If you live in the Madison area and want to find an environmentally friendly car option, Community Car may be what you are looking for. Community Car is a member-based car-sharing service. They provide cars by the hour for individuals who have access to a fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles that are located in reserved spaces in parking ramps near True Endeavors venues. All you have to do is complete an online application and become a member. When you need a car you can reserve a car via web or by phone. You pick up the car from the designated spot and return the car to the same spot. You only need to pay for the hours and miles you’ve used monthly.

For more information or to join Community Car go to http://www.communitycar.com

Oh the places you’ll go…

Katie Jo Crubaugh, True Endeavors PR Intern

One Response

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