Climate Action | Transportation & Climate
We often think of cities in terms of their skyline, all those buildings towering upward and outward. But just as critical to the urban landscape is the network of roads, sidewalks, trails, and railways linking those buildings together. Without them, residents can't commute to work or school or visit friends and family, and businesses can't get necessary supplies or distribute their goods.
Connectivity is important but also can come at a cost to our air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. The most recent greenhouse gas inventory for Iowa City shows that 18% of total emissions in Iowa City come from the transportation sector. The more we can embrace active transportation like biking and walking, and transportation that makes more efficient use of our resources like transit and electric vehicles, the more we can put ourselves on a path toward better health in the present and reduced climate change impacts in the future.
“My family recently purchased cargo e-bikes so we can transport our entire family for everything from school to work to staying alive purposes, replacing our vehicles as long as road conditions allow… Not fighting for [climate change] is antithetical to what a lot of us have been told our entire lives: 'Put it back the way you found it, or better.'"
- Kasey Hutchinson, Iowa City resident
- Use this easy calculator to find out how much your daily commute is costing you
- Apply for SEATS paratransit service, available to eligible Iowa City residents. This service is provided by Johnson County SEATS and serves persons with disabilities who are unable to use regular bus service
- Read the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (pages 6-20)
- Learn more about bus fares – including potential discounts!
- Discover how Iowa City is building a bicycle-friendly community
- View the Iowa City Trails Map for route planning
- Get the most out of bike-friendly amenities in Iowa City by watching our video tip series "Bike Shorts"
Did you know on average, riding the bus uses a third less emissions than driving a single-passenger gas powered vehicle?
"We try to reduce the harm we're causing because it's the right thing to do...If we and all businesses were paying our fair share based on [climate] impacts...we'd already have a lot more clean or zero-emission medium and heavy duty truck options."
- Eric Jones, President of Adamantine Spine Moving
- Check off climate actions on the “Taking Climate Action at Work” > Transportation section of the Iowa City Climate Action Toolkit (page 9)
- Learn more about how bus pass programs can encourage your employees to use public transit
- Explore federal incentives and assistance for electric vehicle infrastructure at your business
- Learn more about becoming a bike-friendly business
- Research the Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits, one of which being “Transportation (Commuting) Benefits.” This benefit includes transit pass and qualified parking abilities.
- Watch the ~1 hour Eastern Iowa Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan webinar
- Explore electric vehicle innovations in affordability and performance