Owning a car isn’t for everyone. Some people choose to go vehicle-less for environmental reasons. Others simply can’t afford it. Whatever the reason, if you are among the sans-car community, you’ve picked a pretty stellar place to live. In fact, Dallas is ranked as one of the best places in the country for alternative ways to commute. If you’re wondering how to get from point A to point B without a car, here are a few options.
Dallas offers access to a number of high quality, clean, safe and affordable public transit options. For instant, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers rail and bus service throughout the DFW metroplex for a very nominal fee. Another option is the McKinney Avenue Trolley (also known as the M-Line), which provides free service, 365 days a year, from McKinney Plaza through downtown. All in all, it’s just a 20 minute ride.
If you prefer to get around on foot, you’ve come to the right place. Dallas is the 24th most walkable large city in the US, with many of the neighborhoods individually ranking much higher on the walkability scale. In particular, the areas of downtown Dallas, Oak Lawn and Henderson are considered quite favorable for folks who don’t mind using their feet to get them where they need to go. There are a ton of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops – you name it – all located within steps of most apartments in these neighborhoods.
If you live somewhat close to your workplace or preferred leisure activities, but find it just a bit too far to walk, cycling is another great option. Not only is it a better mode of transportation from an environmental standpoint, but it’s also an excellent way to get a little extra exercise in. Bicyclists are quite common in and around the Dallas area, whether on the main roadways or on designated pathways. Just remember to always wear a helmet. Safety first!
Another slightly less environmentally-friendly option than walking or biking is to participate in ride sharing. There are a variety of different ways to do this, from carpooling with a coworker who has a vehicle to calling an Uber or Lyft. The latter options are convenient and relatively affordable and there are plenty of rideshare drivers in and around the Dallas area, so getting a quick ride should never be a problem.
Living without a personal vehicle isn’t nearly as challenging as it may seem, especially if you’ve chosen the Dallas area as your home. By opting for one of the above options, you’ll save money on things like gas, insurance and parking. You’ll also do your part to shrink your carbon footprint and enjoy a healthier lifestyle in the process.
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