TreeHugger Tip: Tim Ferriss on Commuting in San Francisco
How do you go green? What do you do to be eco-friendly? Are there tips you have to share? For the past month those are the questions we've been asking our friends and readers to answer in short videos as part of our TreeHugger Tips series. We've received several great tips. We've seen Gary Vaynerchuk talk about carpooling, Craig Newmark talk about using less stuff, Ludacris reminded us to use less water and Jonathan at Chelsea Green showed us how he gets rid of pesky fruit flies without lots of chemicals. There are lots more videos you can see on the TreeHugger Video Tips page.
Today's Green Habit, Hack, How-To Tip comes from author, blogger and time-management guru, Tim Ferriss. Ferriss is the author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich which, according to the Wikipedia entry on Ferris, was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. He also helped collaborate with TreeHugger and Gizmodo on a contest to enable more effective electronics recycling.
Both his book and blog focus on a variety of ways you can be more productive at work and in your day-to-day life, in order to attain your ideal lifestyle. And in this TreeHugger Tip (video above), Ferriss explains how he saves time and reduces his carbon footprint when traveling around San Francisco.
If you can't watch the video, here is what Tim Ferriss has to say about how he cuts down pollution during his daily travels:
"I bike just about everywhere and places that I don't bike, I tend to walk. And if I don't walk then I finally have my Volkswagon Golf as a last resort. But in the Bay Area, at least — and I think this is something that people may not realize and maybe one of the reasons they don't bike as often as they might otherwise - is that in many cities you can put your bike right on the front of the buses or on the back they'll have bike racks. The same can be said of the trains and I know a lot of people aren't aware of this. In my particular case, I used to drive to San Francisco because I wasn't sure how I'd get around and didn't want to take a taxi everywhere if I had to go to 5 different locations, but you can simply just throw your bike on CalTrain, jump on and use that commute so you're not consuming that energy or releasing the emissions you would if you had to drive and don't have to sit in traffic."
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More on Tim Ferriss
4-Hour Workweek Author Tim Ferriss on Green Lifestyle Design Video
The Blog of Tim Ferriss
More on Eco-friendly Commuting
Options for Eco-friendly Traveling in the Bay Area
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How To Green Your Public Transportation
Cycle Commuting, Bike Buses and SUV Accidents