Sustainable Transportation

  1. What You Can Do
  2. What The City is Doing

Sustainable transportation refers to alternate modes of transportation that are "green", have a low impact on the environment, and balances our current and future needs. Examples of sustainable transportation include walking, biking, using public transportation, carpooling, and driving an alternative fuel vehicle (hybrid-vehicles, electric-vehicles, etc.)

Transportation is one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Anyone can help reduce their carbon footprint by choosing sustainable transportation options as much as possible. By taking more sustainable modes of transportation, it will provide benefits for yourself and the City of Arcata. These benefits include: 

  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Reduced air pollution and related risks
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced transportation costs 
  • Increased physical activity and related benefits 
  • Increased social interaction 
  • Support for local businesses
  • Overall healthier lifestyles

We should also strive to make our personal automobiles more energy efficient and cleaner. If your car was made after 2000, check to see how often you need to change motor oil. When purchasing a vehicle, it is best to choose the most fuel-efficient model you can. You may also want to consider alternative fuel vehicle choices, such as battery electric vehicles, gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, bio-fuel powered vehicles, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. These various options need to be considered carefully in order to determine the best alternative 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

If you drive an electric vehicle, the City of Arcata has an electric vehicle charging station located at its 8th and F Street parking lot, which will allows electric vehicle drivers to recharge their vehicles while downtown. Installed in the spring of 2014, it is operated by ChargePoint and costs about $3 for a full recharge. For information on how to use this charging station, go to the ChargePoint online resource