Alternate Transportation

Charleston, SC

In the era of rising gas prices and limited places to park personal vehicles on the city's narrow streets, many people are looking for alternative transportation methods to get from one place to another. From bicycling to public transportation there is a multitude of ways available that may be easier on your wallet and the environment.

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) provides area residents and visitors public transportation throughout the Charleston area - including downtown, North Charleston, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, James Island and parts of Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island.

Operating since 1989, Charleston Rickshaw, the original bicycle taxi service for historic downtown Charleston, is a unique alternative for touring this historic city. A simple phone call between the hours of 9AM and 2AM to request a pick up will get you a response in 5 -10 minutes for a $4.50 ride to anywhere in the downtown Charleston peninsula.

Residents and visitors in Charleston can also step back in time with a horse drawn carriage tour down the city's cobblestone streets. The Old South Carriage Company offers tours throughout the historic district, revealing over 300 years of history while taking in the beautiful churches and antebellum mansions. A one-hour Charleston carriage tour covering more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston is the very best way to see the city and to learn about its rich history.

So many of us don't think twice about jumping in the car for a short drive to the local grocer or to visit a neighbor, but why not opt for a bicycle instead? Biking not only reduces the impact of your individual carbon footprint, it is a wonderful low-impact aerobic workout that rewards you with a cardiovascular fitness solution that strengthens your heart, reduces blood fat levels and improves blood circulation. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that all of us get 30 minutes of bike riding in every other day at a minimum to improve our heart function. Jump on two wheels and work on a little stress reduction, which can lead to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol! Consider grabbing your bike the next time you have to go a few miles and go for an easy ride that helps you and our environment.

One of the best ways to travel a small distance while benefiting your body and having no residual harmful impact on our environment is to take a walk! Have we forgotten that there was once a time when people had to rely on their own two legs to get from one place to another? A little clean air and sunlight will do a body good and it's been proven that vitamin D generated from daily exposure to just 15 minutes of sunlight can help prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and osteoporosis. Walking is a great cardiovascular activity and provides you with an opportunity to slow down and take in the scenery.

So much in today's world is about instant gratification and we could all stand to take things at a more relaxed pace from time to time. You know the old saying "stop to smell the flowers." Well, you can't do that very easily while you're behind the wheel worrying about getting to your next destination.

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