Catching the bus is certainly not the most glamourous form of transport, and may conjour up images of long waits in the rain and crowded, enclosed spaces. But travelling by bus also has a number of environmental, health and even social benefits. Here’s just a few reasons why you should give your local busses a chance, and make local travel easy, economical and green.
A less stressful journey
When taking the bus, you put the responsibility into the hands of the driver, meaning you can sit back and relax whilst being taken from A to B. If traffic is heavy or an incident occurs, you can always get off and walk and there’s no vehicle to personally take responsibility for. And worrying about finding parking in busy areas becomes a thing of the past- once you arrive at the nearest bus stop, just use your feet to take you straight to the front door.
The bus might be doing most of the hard work, but walking even short distances to and from the bus stop can help you to lose weight, improve cardiovascular health and tone leg muscles. A short stroll a couple of times a day can also work wonders in improving your mood, and boosting brain activity, which can be especially useful if travelling to school, work or university.
Multitasking on the go
Unlike driving which requires all of your attention, travelling by bus lets you multitask, whether that be reading a book or newspaper, checking emails, talking on the phone or doing a Sudoku! Your journey can be spent making the most of your time, either by preparing for the day ahead or unwinding on the way home, and having more time for activities like this is a great way to reduce stress levels in your life.
Probably the most important point on the list- travelling by bus reduces your carbon emissions significantly. The average person travelling by car releases a whole 169g of carbon dioxide per kilometre. And while busses are large vehicles with large engines, the more people travelling by them, the less emissions are being created by cars on the road. A diesel bus carrying 20 passengers averages out at 65g of carbon dioxide being released per person, per kilometre. And as technology gets better, so do the statistics- a hybrid bus carrying 20 passengers means just 38g of carbon dioxide being released per person for every kilometre travelled. And the more people travelling, the lower the carbon emissions become- a hybrid bus carrying 75 passengers means individual emissions of just 10g each per kilometre!
It’s just common sense!
Even without the clear environmental and personal benefits, travelling by bus just makes more sense when a large amount of people need to travel in the same direction. Communal stagecoaches were introduced in the 17th century and carried groups of people between towns, with railways, trams and omnibuses all playing crucial roles in building the society we see today. So whether climate change is a big concern for you or not, take a minute to consider the madness of so many people travelling the same route in separate vehicles when so many other options have been available to us for so long.
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