It’s hardly up for debate that global warming is a real issue in our society. And as a society we have a responsibility to ensure we do as little damage as possible to help preserve the planet for our children and our children’s children.

Transportation is a massive consumer of energy. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Every day we drive millions, if not billions of kilometers. And while we continually improve fuel efficiency we still have a ways to go. One way everyone can chip in is by using more human powered transportation devices.

Human Powered Devices!

The Bike!

The most obvious human powered mode of transportation is the classic bicycle. Of course when I say device I don’t mean walking or running. As we continue to populate urban centers bikes become a lot more reasonable. Growing up I would have never had a chance to take my bike very often. Things were too far apart. However, when I moved to a city it became much more feasible.

If youre in the market for a bike consider buying a cruiser. These bad boys are single speed, have comfortable seats and the posture is very upright. Often times they’ll have a place for a basket to haul your belongings around. If you think you’re going to want to go longer distances you could opt for a road bike. Road bikes are a little bit pricier but you can get one for under $1000 if you look hard. Be careful though, road bikes require more maintenance than say a mountain bike or a cruiser. Click here for more information about road bike.

Paddle Powered!

I like to pretend I’m back at the turn of the century and hope on the water and explore! My newest hobby is a sport called paddle boarding. It’s somewhat like kayaking but instead of sitting down you’re standing up. If you live on a town that has a river, lake or ocean you can often cruise around on your SUP to get from place to place.

You can pick a paddle board up for under $1000. These really should last you a lifetime. For transportation purposes I would recommend the inflatable variety as they’re usually cheaper. Just as durable and super easy to haul around.

Paddle boards come in a variety of lengths but you’ll probably want to get a larger board if you’re just starting out. The smaller boards can be more challenging to balance on if you’re just tarting out


Longboards are like skateboard but with bigger wheels and longer boards (shocking right?) Long boards can really rip around with minimal effort so they make a great transportation device.

Long boards are pretty cheap and you can get your hands on a good one for under $250.

There are so many ways we can make a contribution, using your own energy to take you places is just one of many!

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