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How to Travel Sustainably in San Francisco

Walking, bicycling, taking public transit, or ridesharing just one day a week for a year can save you more than $500 in driving costs. Leaving your car at home does more than help your wallet—it helps the environment, the economy, your community and your health. The key is finding which options work for you to get to work, the grocery store, or a special event.

Take Transit

Get commuter benefits: Save money on your commute by taking transit and participating in your employer's commuter benefits program. Find out your next bus with a real-time transit app on your phone.

Discounts for youth, seniors, low-income residents:

  • Clipper Card discounts: Clipper offers discount cards for youths and seniors
  • Life Line Muni Pass: 50% discount off standard adult Muni passes price for low income residents.
  • Free Muni Pass: Free Muni passes for seniors, youth, and people with disabilities
  • Paratransit: San Francisco Paratransit is a van and taxi program for people with a disability or disabling health conditions
  • Shop-a-Round Shuttle: Rides to the supermarket and farmers markets for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Van Gogh Shuttle: Free rides to recreational and cultural events for seniors and people with disabilities. For information or to request form, call (415) 351-7052.

Emergency Ride Home - Get reimbursed if you need to take an emergency ride home from work (when you've used a sustainable mode to travel to work).

Walk

If you live close to your workplace or to public transportation, consider walking instead. It costs nothing, creates no pollution, and requires no fuel. It’s an excellent way to exercise and connect with your community. 

  • San Francisco City Guides: Free walking tours of the city
  • Walk SF: San Francisco's pedestrian advocacy organization, makes walking safer and better for healthier and more livable communities
  • Walking for Health and Happiness: Walking is one of the best -- and simplest -- things you can do for yourself! Use this guide to making walking a regular part of your life

Bicycle

 

Biking is an effective, fun, and healthy way to commute. 

San Francisco Bike Map

Bikes on Transit

Bike Benefits and Parking

Bike Safety 

Bike Repair

  • The Bike Kitchen: The Bike Kitchen teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to repair bicycles
  • Sports Basement: Sports Basement offers a variety of ongoing free and low-cost bike maintenance classes at each store

Rideshare

Sharing your ride with just one other person reduces your commuting expenses by almost half, potentially saving you thousands of dollars each year. Find out more about the perks of carpooling/vanpooling to work.

  • Carpooling: A fast, convenient, and less-expensive way to get to work
  • Vanpooling: Convenient and economical, especially if you work far from home. Traditionally, vanpools have 7-15 passengers, including the driver. The vehicle may be owned or leased.

Carshare

Telework

Work from home or a remote location one or more days per week.

  • Telework Toolkit: free resources to start a telework program at your organization

All Transportation 

  • 511 SF Bay: Your one-stop source for traffic, transit, rideshare and bicycling information

Related Resources

Business Commute Programs

Additional Information

CommuteSmart
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City & County of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 355-3727
Email: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org


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