Transportation Tips

Coloradans love the outdoors, so why not get out of your car?
Replacing two vehicle trips each week by walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation can keep 14 pounds of ozone-causing emissions out of our air.  A few ideas to help skip the trip:

  • Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
  • Walk, jog, or ride a bike to the gym.
  • Use public transit to get to a game, concert, or other event.
  • Shop for items online.

Save time and gas by combining trips.

Sometimes you just need to drive.  It happens.  But by adopting a “while I’m out” approach, you can have a dramatic impact on our air.
Here are a few ideas about how to combine trips:

  • Pick one day each week to run errands – put an errand bag or box in your vehicle, and fill it with reminders so you don’t forget.
  • Have you used our OzoMeter yet?  Use this handy tool to see the difference you make for our air when you combine errands and car trips.
  • Try to keep stops to 30 minutes or less.

ABOUT VANPOOL

Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool service is a smart choice for groups of commuters who live and work near each other. Passengers share the ride and pay a low monthly fare for a minivan seating up to 6, or a full-size van seating up to 10 people. All fuel, maintenance, and insurance are included.

How Vanpool Works:

  • A group of 6 to 10 people share a ride to work in a van dedicated to their commute, for a monthly fare based on the mileage and number of passengers in the van.
  • Vanpool riders volunteer to drive, track maintenance and submit reports.

Join a Vanpool:

  • Fill out the web application with your starting point, destination and daily schedule.
  • Our vanpool coordinator will try to match you with an existing van based on your needs.

Form Your Own Vanpool:

  • Email co-workers or post notices at work.
  • Talk to co-workers about forming a vanpool.
  • Post notices in nearby buildings and have those interested contact you.
  • Contact the Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist and find out if there are people near your work or home who are on a vanpool waiting list.

Once You Have a Vanpool Group:

  • Set up a brief planning meeting to decide on a time and place to meet (see Park-n-Ride locations).
  • Choose your drivers and riders (it’s easier than it sounds).
  • Complete your sign-up forms.
  • Sit back and enjoy the savings – and the ride!

Mountain Metro Rides is accepting applications for groups to use a Mountain Metro Rides-owned van.

Get Started Today!

If your group needs an accessible van that meets ADA requirements, please let us know. We’re happy to accommodate modifications at no additional cost.

For more information, contact a Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist by calling  (719 ) 385-RIDE (7433) or email: metrorides@springsgov.com(link sends e-mail).

House Hold Tips

Skip that car trip.

Coloradans love the outdoors, so why not get out of your car?
Replacing two vehicle trips each week by walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation can keep 14 pounds of ozone-causing emissions out of our air. Skip the trip by:

  • Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
  • Walk, jog, or ride a bike to the gym.
  • Use public transit to get to a game, concert, or other event.
  • Shop for items online.

Save time and gas by combining trips.

Sometimes you just need to drive.  It happens.  But by adopting a “while I’m out” approach, you can have a dramatic
impact on our air.
Here are a few ideas about how to combine trips:

  • Pick one day each week to run errands – put an errand bag or box in your vehicle, and fill it with reminders so you don’t forget.
  • Have you used our OzoMeter yet?  Use this handy tool to see the difference you make for our air when you combine errands and car trips.
  • Try to keep stops to 30 minutes or less.

ABOUT VANPOOL

Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool service is a smart choice for groups of commuters who live and work near each other. Passengers share the ride and pay a low monthly fare for a minivan seating up to 6, or a full-size van seating up to 10 people. All fuel, maintenance, and insurance are included.

How Vanpool Works:

  • A group of 6 to 10 people share a ride to work in a van dedicated to their commute, for a monthly fare based on the mileage and number of passengers in the van.
  • Vanpool riders volunteer to drive, track maintenance and submit reports.

Join a Vanpool:

  • Fill out the web application with your starting point, destination and daily schedule.
  • Our vanpool coordinator will try to match you with an existing van based on your needs.

Form Your Own Vanpool:

  • Email co-workers or post notices at work.
  • Talk to co-workers about forming a vanpool.
  • Post notices in nearby buildings and have those interested contact you.
  • Contact the Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist and find out if there are people near your work or home who are on a vanpool waiting list.

Once You Have a Vanpool Group:

  • Set up a brief planning meeting to decide on a time and place to meet (see Park-n-Ride locations).
  • Choose your drivers and riders (it’s easier than it sounds).
  • Complete your sign-up forms.
  • Sit back and enjoy the savings – and the ride!

Mountain Metro Rides is accepting applications for groups to use a Mountain Metro Rides-owned van.

Get Started Today!

If your group needs an accessible van that meets ADA requirements, please let us know. We’re happy to accommodate modifications at no additional cost.

For more information, contact a Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist by calling  (719 ) 385-RIDE (7433) or email: metrorides@springsgov.com(link sends e-mail).

Lawn and Garden Tips

  • Consider purchasing electric equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, and leaf blowers/vacuums.
  • Use manual tools when possible. Consider purchasing manual equipment such as push reel mowers, rakes and hedge clippers.
  • If you need to use gas-powered equipment, purchase equipment with a four-cycle engine instead of one with a two-cycle engine.
  • Properly maintain your equipment.

Using a push mower instead of a power mower helps to reduce CO2 by over 80 lbs. a year according to the EPA.

From the easy to the ambitious, there are numerous actions you can take to reduce your energy consumption and fight global warming. By taking any of the following actions, you are helping to clean up our atmosphere.

Save time and gas by combining trips.

Sometimes you just need to drive.  It happens.  But by adopting a “while I’m out” approach, you can have a dramatic
impact on our air.
Here are a few ideas about how to combine trips:

  • Pick one day each week to run errands – put an errand bag or box in your vehicle, and fill it with reminders so you don’t forget.
  • Have you used our OzoMeter yet?  Use this handy tool to see the difference you make for our air when you combine errands and car trips.
  • Try to keep stops to 30 minutes or less.

ABOUT VANPOOL

Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool service is a smart choice for groups of commuters who live and work near each other. Passengers share the ride and pay a low monthly fare for a minivan seating up to 6, or a full-size van seating up to 10 people. All fuel, maintenance, and insurance are included.

How Vanpool Works:

  • A group of 6 to 10 people share a ride to work in a van dedicated to their commute, for a monthly fare based on the mileage and number of passengers in the van.
  • Vanpool riders volunteer to drive, track maintenance and submit reports.

Join a Vanpool:

  • Fill out the web application with your starting point, destination and daily schedule.
  • Our vanpool coordinator will try to match you with an existing van based on your needs.

Form Your Own Vanpool:

  • Email co-workers or post notices at work.
  • Talk to co-workers about forming a vanpool.
  • Post notices in nearby buildings and have those interested contact you.
  • Contact the Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist and find out if there are people near your work or home who are on a vanpool waiting list.

Once You Have a Vanpool Group:

  • Set up a brief planning meeting to decide on a time and place to meet (see Park-n-Ride locations).
  • Choose your drivers and riders (it’s easier than it sounds).
  • Complete your sign-up forms.
  • Sit back and enjoy the savings – and the ride!

Mountain Metro Rides is accepting applications for groups to use a Mountain Metro Rides-owned van.

Get Started Today!

If your group needs an accessible van that meets ADA requirements, please let us know. We’re happy to accommodate modifications at no additional cost.

For more information, contact a Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist by calling  (719 ) 385-RIDE (7433) or email: metrorides@springsgov.com(link sends e-mail).

Action Day Tips

Skip that car trip.

Coloradans love the outdoors, so why not get out of your car?
Replacing two vehicle trips each week by walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation can keep 14 pounds of ozone-causing emissions out of our air. Skip the trip by:

  • Pack a lunch or walk to lunch.
  • Walk, jog, or ride a bike to the gym.
  • Use public transit to get to a game, concert, or other event.
  • Shop for items online.

Save time and gas by combining trips.

Sometimes you just need to drive.  It happens.  But by adopting a “while I’m out” approach, you can have a dramatic
impact on our air.
Here are a few ideas about how to combine trips:

  • Pick one day each week to run errands – put an errand bag or box in your vehicle, and fill it with reminders so you don’t forget.
  • Have you used our OzoMeter yet?  Use this handy tool to see the difference you make for our air when you combine errands and car trips.
  • Try to keep stops to 30 minutes or less.

ABOUT VANPOOL

Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool service is a smart choice for groups of commuters who live and work near each other. Passengers share the ride and pay a low monthly fare for a minivan seating up to 6, or a full-size van seating up to 10 people. All fuel, maintenance, and insurance are included.

How Vanpool Works:

  • A group of 6 to 10 people share a ride to work in a van dedicated to their commute, for a monthly fare based on the mileage and number of passengers in the van.
  • Vanpool riders volunteer to drive, track maintenance and submit reports.

Join a Vanpool:

  • Fill out the web application with your starting point, destination and daily schedule.
  • Our vanpool coordinator will try to match you with an existing van based on your needs.

Form Your Own Vanpool:

  • Email co-workers or post notices at work.
  • Talk to co-workers about forming a vanpool.
  • Post notices in nearby buildings and have those interested contact you.
  • Contact the Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist and find out if there are people near your work or home who are on a vanpool waiting list.

Once You Have a Vanpool Group:

  • Set up a brief planning meeting to decide on a time and place to meet (see Park-n-Ride locations).
  • Choose your drivers and riders (it’s easier than it sounds).
  • Complete your sign-up forms.
  • Sit back and enjoy the savings – and the ride!

Mountain Metro Rides is accepting applications for groups to use a Mountain Metro Rides-owned van.

Get Started Today!

If your group needs an accessible van that meets ADA requirements, please let us know. We’re happy to accommodate modifications at no additional cost.

For more information, contact a Mountain Metro Rides Vanpool Specialist by calling  (719 ) 385-RIDE (7433) or email: metrorides@springsgov.com(link sends e-mail).