The transportation sector accounts for over 40% of our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Arcata. Clearly this is an area we need to address. One approach is to promote the use of alternative modes of transportation, including transit buses, bicycles, and walking. To increase the use of these modes of travel, they need to be both convenient and attractive. We can do this by expanding transit bus services and access (like the Humboldt State University Jack Pass), expanding bike lanes and facilities, making our cities more pedestrian friendly, and designing our cities using "smart growth" concepts that encourage people to get out of their cars.
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, biofuel powered vehicles, and hydrogen powered vehicles. These various options need to be considered carefully in order to determine the best alternative.
Recently the City installed a free electrical vehicle charging station to encourage citizens to move towards alternative fuel vehicles. This charging station will allow electric vehicle drivers to recharge their cars while downtown. Additionally, electric vehicle owners are eligible for a free parking pass. For more information on this pass, please contact the police department. For more information on the charging station, please see the handout below or contact the Humboldt Electric Vehicle Association.
To learn more about various transportation options, see the links below.
- Humboldt County Association of Governments (Regional transportation planning agency)
- Arcata Transit Service
- Redwood Transit Authority
- US Environmental Protection Agency Green Vehicle Guide
- US Environmental Protection Agency Vehicle Fuel Economy Guide
- Drive Clean California
- Check Your Number (Motor oil changing guidelines)
- Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association