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Save Gas Money And Walk For Free

Updated on March 11, 2017

Are you looking for ways to get physically fit, and save a bit of money? One thing I think is not necessary is waiting until the new year to make a resolution to go to the gym, especially when you can start walking today. Have you ever considered walking to work rather than driving a gas-guzzling car? If you live close enough to work this might be a viable option. Not only could you save money by walking to work, but you might also be able to enjoy some beautiful scenery as well. Many cities have nature trails, and these would be much more enjoyable to walk along rather than sitting in a traffic jam. Yes, you might have to leave a little bit earlier if you plan on walking to work, but then you do not have to worry about going to the gym before or after a day at the office. Consider using Google maps to find city trails near you.

Not only is walking more and driving less a good way to build exercise into the day, but it also helps to let the world know you are protesting the high price of gasoline. At this point, I think all oil drilling is an outdated dinosaur that should be retired to the junk heap, but as you know from my previous hub, I do think what happened with BP could have happened with any oil company. The truth is oil drilling is antiquated, and we should be exploring alternative energy sources. Yes, I know most people are not going to become lifelong pedestrians like me, but I would like to encourage everyone to walk more and drive less. In gas consuming nations people are beginning to drive more than they really need to. Carpooling to work or taking public transportation are all ways that people can help cut down on gasoline consumption.

Riding a bike and walking are even better ways to help our environment. Of course, some continue to argue that air pollution and oil spills are not hurting our environment, but more and more, most people realize how ridiculous those assertions really are. So yes I know most people will not walk everywhere like I do, but I say we can all protest the oil drilling by walking one day a week somewhere that you would usually drive.

Dump the Pump Days

On June 17 of each year, we have Dump the Pump Day, and many transportation authorities offer free rides to people that present coupons. During the rest of the year, people can take public transportation to cut down on gasoline consumption. Some employers even enter employees in special drawings for prizes or offer other incentives for using public transportation and ride share programs.

Carpooling is another alternative if you happen to live in the same general vicinity as your co-workers. Yes, carpooling is not for everyone, but if you live here in California why not take advantage of those carpool lanes. Some employers even offer incentives for carpooling, so ask your HR department for more details.

Walking and biking are probably the best ways to dump the pump. Personally, I love the pace of walking, and I never feel overly rushed as I am walking briskly along. I never have to worry about fitting the gym schedule into my daily routine because my life is a gym.

Your employer might offer incentives for those who walk and bike to work, so it never hurts to ask. Even if your employer does not have incentive plans for walking and carpooling, at least you know you have done your part to cut down on gasoline consumption.

If you prefer to drive on your own vehicle, then at least consider buying an electric car when upgrading. However, it is always better to consider ways you can walk more and drive less!


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    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Sidclark,

      Walking is fun too, and it makes me feel less guilty about drinking the occasional Starbucks.

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      sidclark 7 years ago

      Who wouldn't agree with this one? walking got lots of benefits to our health. I also support the going green movement.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The walkability site is a great resource. Thanks for sharing!

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      FirstStepsFitness 7 years ago

      Nice Hub SweetiePie ! Well written too ! I too reside in So-Cal I try to walk as much as possible . I wanted to mention a site that I found online "walkability" I hope it's accurate if not I can update it . It will give you the walk ability from any address to stores , eating places , libraries etc .... It will rate on a scale how walkable it is . It also lists areas rated the highest . So if your moving to a new area this could be useful to reduce your need for a car ! I agree too if less people actually paid the price for gas and relied on it so much it would decrease demand for it !

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad to hear your winter will over soon Agvulpes :).

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Nice Hub SweetiePie I will take it under advisement and promise that as soon as our winter is over I will begin walking again. Thumbs up :-)

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks Katiem!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh I could not agree with you more plus I ride my bike a lot too... DO USE GAS, great movement, I'm rating this up and sharing it everywhere. Thanks and Peace :)

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I appreciate everyone's keen insights on this issue. To me the answer is moving away from filling up with gasoline and moving on to environmentally viable alternatives.

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      kkalmes 7 years ago

      Hello SweetiePie, we seem to be on the same wave-length as I just posted a hub on the oil spill and the many other spills that have decimated Prince William Sound, Brazil's Guanabara Bay and the Niger Delta.

      You are right, we need a really large voice... and money usually speaks loudest with these corporations.

      Much the same as the loud voices that changed the emission standards on cars, recycling efforts and waste dumping... it's going to take an even larger voice to be heard over the drilling to get safety standards in place and move on toward cleaner energy resources.

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      heymcs 7 years ago from Utah and DC

      Yes! I agree with you 100% - walking more/driving less are very positive and proactive ways to protest BP and lessen our use/dependence on oil in general. Until demand is less - deep sea drilling will continue. I live in a large city and haven't owned a car in years - it works for me and I feel good about it. Great hub.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I already never go to Exxon from their debacles. Now with BP, I avoid their stations. However, I think when we do (1000s of people) that they simply raise the gas a few cents to offset the loss or blame the rise on OPEC production.

      It doesn't matter though I will not support them and their lackadaisical attitude towards fixing it. If this happened in China, the CEO would not be alive and I bet it would've been corrected in 2 to 3 weeks.

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      Earth Angel 7 years ago

      Blessings to you SweetiePie!!

      You are soooooooooooo right!!

      I applaude you for becoming a pedestrian!! I too, just moved to a lovely quiet place that is within walking distance of 99% of everything I could possibly need or want!!

      I just can't see us fighting wars and losing our young men/women for an underlying reason of oil accessibility!!

      Staying off the road also just makes life a bit more peaceful!! Walk, smell the flowers, take a deep breath, slow down and spend some time in self-reflection!!

      Blessings to you and yours!! Earth Angel!!

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      kerryg 7 years ago from USA

      Hear, hear! I've seen so many people saying they're going to boycott BP. It was the leading perpetrator of oil spills even before this latest monster, so it's not like it doesn't deserve it, but really, who are they going to patronize instead? Exxon, who singlehandedly destroyed the Prince William Sound herring fishery and then spent years in court fighting off damage claims? Shell, which has dumped the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez on Nigeria every year for decades? Chevron-Texaco, which dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater on Ecuador and is currently fighting off claims for the generations of birth defects, cancers, and other health problems resulting from "the Rainforest Chernobyl?" ALL the oil companies are guilty of horrible crimes against the environment and human rights. Reducing our oil consumption is the only sensible answer.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone. I am a very hardcore pedestrian, so I am sure most people would not adopt walking everywhere, but I think we could all drive a bit less. Driving five minutes to check the mail always seemed funny too me.

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      A Norwegian friend of mine believes Americans are addicted to driving. When he told me that a few years ago, I argued with him that we NEEDED our vehicles, which of course, he took as good old-fashioned denial. To be fair, I lived in a rural area and the closest grocery store was over 20 miles away. Now, I walk or bus it just about everywhere I go. I won't bike it in the city - I'm scared of all those texting drivers.

      It would be great if every American would pick one day a month to completely forgo driving! It isn't impossible to do. As a nation, we are just far too spoiled.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I also think that people could put a lot more pressure on if they would walk more and it would safe their money at the same time.