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How you get around affects the climate

The transportation of goods and people accounts for 30 percent of a household’s total carbon emissions in Multnomah County.

No matter what we do or where we live, we can always make one small change to reduce our carbon emissions and contribute to cleaner air in our region and in our neighborhoods.

Take action now for the climate

  • Shift at least one car trip per week to biking, walking or taking transit.
  • Combine weekly errands into one driving trip.
  • Walk or bike to shops in your neighborhood.
  • Keep your car tuned up and tires inflated.

These actions will help you:

  • Reduce carbon. Walking, bicycling or taking transit to run errands or visit friends is easy and reduces your carbon footprint.
  • Save money. Leaving your car at home reduces vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, keeping more money in your pocket.
  • Connect with your community. Carpooling and shopping in your neighborhood gives you the chance to spend time with others.
  • Be active and have fun! Get outside and enjoy Portland’s vibrant, safe, walkable and bikeable neighborhoods.


Climate friendly actions you can take at home!

Ready for more? View the full list of climate-friendly actions!

Walk or bike there!

Portland Walk and Bike Maps – The best routes to navigate Portland by foot or on bike.

Metro: Bike There! – Find biking resources, maps and events.

Go by transit

Trimet – transit information and trip planner

Share the ride

Carpooling – Find someone to share the ride and the cost

Tools to help you shift to alternative modes

SmartTrips Residential & Business – The City of Portland's signature programs to reduce driving alone and promote transportation options.

Help for students and families to get to school

Safe Routes to School – Education, encouragement and engineering improvements to help kids walk and bike to school.

Connect with your neighbors

Sunday Parkways – 4 to 8 mile routes that are closed to cars allowing people to walk, bike, and be active in the streets.

Other Community Resources

Drive less. Save more. – Regional resources for reducing car trips.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance – Non-profit advocacy organization.

Community Cycling Center – Non-profit organization whose mission is to broaden access to bicycles.

By Cycle – Easy to use online route planning tool.

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Getting Around Articles
October is Walktober | Climate Action Now | Getting Around - Walktober promotes walking as a fun and healthy activity for everyone
Sunday Parkways comes to SE Portland Sunday, August 25 | Climate Action Now | Getting Around - Join this free community event opening the city's streets for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation
Take the High Crash Corridor Pedestrian Safety Quiz | Climate Action Now | Getting Around - Test your pedestrian safety know-how and get a chance for a free tote bag
Portland’s bikeways provide classroom for London and Rochester | Climate Action Now | Getting Around - Portland hosts visitors from across the country and around the world to talk about bike infrastructure
Have Your Say in Keeping Portland a Great City for Walking | Climate Action Now | Getting Around - Applications for Pedestrian Advisory Committee due April 18 at 5 PM
Getting Around: Baby-Boomers and Millennials Might Be Tipping the Scale Toward Even More Active Transportation Use - You can help continue the trend by choosing active transportation
Getting Around: My Portland Plan highlights active transportation - In Portland, about 40 percent of workers commute without driving alone
Getting Around: Eight good-for-you reasons to promote biking, walking, and transit - Lower your stress, be healthier and save money!
Getting Around: Portland's got a lot more transit than just TriMet - Check out the new map of the region's many transit options
Getting Around: Car2Go Launches in Portland - New car share service offers one-way trips and pay by the minute
Getting Around: Bike Share Coming to Portland - Another option to getting around in Portland coming soon
Getting Around: Many small changes make a big impact - Watch how small changes add up — GOOD Attacks: A traffic infographic
Getting Around: New Year's Resolutions - Make 2012 the year you keep your resolutions
Getting Around: Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Coming to Portland - A new generation of car sharing allows neighbors to share their cars, and make money doing it
Getting Around: Emergency Ride Home - Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love alternative transportation
Getting Around: New Online Tool Helps You Plan a Multi-modal Trip - Plan a transit, walk or bike trip all in one place
Getting Around: Have Fun and Ride Safely in Fall Weather - Tips to stay warm, dry and safe when riding in cool, wet weather
Getting Around: Summer Love in Portland - What to love about getting around Portland in the summertime.
Getting Around: New Carpool Matching Website is Rolling - Prizes and giveaways for tracking your trips!
Sunday Parkways Everyday? - You bet! Check out the Neighborhood Greenways!
Women on Bikes Gets Rolling in May - Get a preview of this program from SmartTrips North-Northeast
Getting Around: Senior Strolls and Senior Cycles - Join these fun events through SmartTrips, beginning in May!
Getting Around: Pedal Nation! Gear up for the PDX Bicycle Show - April 9th and 10th at the Oregon Convention Center.
Getting Around: More Bikes, Fewer Cars - The Bike Count Report spins our brains with improved commute experience for riders and drivers.
Getting Around: The price of driving - Reduce your monthly commute costs.
Getting Around: When can shopping impact your carbon footprint? - Reduce your carbon emissions by shopping locally!
Getting Around: Becoming a one car family. - Learn how to enjoy the benefits of spending less time in a car.
Getting Around: How does Portland compare? - An interesting look at commuting habits in different Northwest cities.
Getting Around: Climate-Friendly Driving Tips - Ideas to get the most out of your driving miles (and your dollars!)
Getting Around: When it comes to commuting, you’ve got options! - Learn about getting to work and school without driving alone.
Getting Around: Once a week. - One less car trip a week makes a big difference.