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Don’t Drive...Bike, Walk or Skate Instead!

We were recently dog-sitting in Santa Cruz in a neighborhood with few parking spots.

Most of us had to compete for limited street parking, and would do anything to snag a spot and keep it for more than just a few hours.

While contemplating what I was going to eat for dinner, I decided to leave my car in my coveted parking spot and walk to my next destination.

It was an interesting challenge.

I often drive to out-of-town destinations to explore. Being able to easily drive a 3,000 pound car with just a few controls is such a gift! We are so blessed to be able to move from neighborhood to neighborhood within minutes!

But what most of us don’t think about is the impact that our driving has on the environment.

Cars and trucks can produce pollution and fine particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs, causing respiratory issues.

Plus, what comes out of our tailpipes may be contributing to global warming (aka making our planet warmer) and climate change.

So what can we do?

There are many alternatives to driving your car. You can bike, walk, or skate!

The next time you need to stop by the store to get some groceries, a quick drink, boba tea, or a bite to eat, check out what’s in your local neighborhood. Maybe there's

a hidden gem somewhere that you didn’t know about, a local hot spot for dim sum, or a cafe with karaoke.

You might be surprised by what you find when you go out and explore on your two feet!

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