The Trident Smart Ride program of the BCD Council of Governments provides information, resources, and tools to help residents, employees, and students make good choices about how to get around. Through our Trident Rideshare program we offer a coordinated menu of tools, encouragement, information, and activities to promote walking, biking, transit use, and carpooling.
We encourage residents to explore all the alternatives to driving alone. Exercising your options keeps you fit, saves you money, and helps our transportation system run smoothly. Thanks for discovering all the options you have for Getting around the BCD Region!
Carpooling is a flexible, convenient and less-expensive way to reach your destination. Additionally, carpooling helps reduce vehicle emissions to help keep our air cleaner. Share a ride as many days as you want, one-way or roundtrip. All you need is one or two other people to make it work. Carpool with neighbors, coworkers, family, or friends. You can sign up with the FREE BCDCOG Trident Ride Share service to instantly find other people who live and work nearby to share commutes.
Transportation plans no longer focus solely on roadway solutions. In the quest for an improved quality of life, we now strive for livable communities. Citizens in the BCD Region want to be able to walk safely within their community to run errands, shop, visit friends and neighbors, and get to work. One common theme of any livable community is how well it accommodates bicyclists.
Bicycling has numerous benefits, including:
- Personal Benefits – Cardiovascular fitness, health, and transportation cost savings.
- Societal Benefits – Reduced vehicle miles of travel, improved public health through a cleaner environment and healthier citizens, and improved mobility for those that are disabled or without access to private automobiles
- Environmental Benefits – Reduced air and noise pollution and improved water quality and fewer parking lots/spaces/structures
Public agency staff and local officials recognize the need to improve safety and opportunities for bicycling throughout the region. In addition, bicycle and pedestrian facilities can benefit other roadway users.
Walking is the first step to a new way of seeing the world! It’s one of the easiest ways to incorporate exercise into your day. Select a route that is quiet and away from cars. Listed below are some quick tips and tricks to walking around the BCD Region.
You don’t have to walk every day. Start slowly and work your way into a healthy habit. Consider trips where walking is easy to get to your destination such as your local grocery store or park.
Generally a person weighing 120-150 pounds will burn approximately 80 to 100 calories per mile walked. By walking just one hour a day, you can lose 30 pounds in 7 months.
Combine your trip
Consider taking the bus and getting off a couple of bus stops early. You’ll be able to build walking into your day. Walking to work for just 10 minutes instead of spending unnecessary time?looking for a parking spot is a better use of your time.
What to Pack
Keep well hydrated. It’s good to plan ahead and bring a little water for your excursion. Bring a snack and when you have to go a long way make sure you dress in layers and carry a backpack.
- Generally people who walk are happier, say hello and meet more people.
- Walking is stress free. You’ll find yourself saving money and avoiding speeding tickets.
- Using your two-feet and a heart beat is good for your soul and your health.
- You’ll save up to $6,000 a year not driving alone to work.
How does your neighborhood compare to other? Get a report card of your neighborhood or anywhere within the USA. This program calculates walkability based on proximity of destinations, from grocery stores and restaurants to parks, schools and hardware stores. www.walkscore.com
Vonie Gilreath, Mobility Manager
Phone: (843) 529 – 0400 ext 202