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Gas-conscious alternatives to driving in Madison, WI


How many cars do you think travel East Washington every day? | Photo by @bestcoastmichelle

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Fueled with frustration at the pump? We hate to brake it to you, but it seems like higher-than-normal gas prices are here to stay… for a while.

So, what’s the alternative?

Great question — while Madison ranked as “somewhat walkable” on Walk Score, there’s still plenty of options for us to get around the 608. Pro tip: AAA expects nearly 750,000 Wisconsin motorists to travel for the upcoming holiday weekend — keep reading to ditch the drive and save some money.

We’re better together

The City of Madison’s Metro Transit offers 40+ lines servicing Madison, Verona, Fitchburg, Middleton + Sun Prairie. Commuters can take advantage of numerous Rider Tools and Apps to plan routes, check live departure times, and get updates about detours. Want to get more involved? Attend the public hearing on Tues., May 31 to be a part of the Transit Network Redesign discussion.

Tools like RoundTrip offer 608 commuters a way to connect with travelers + employers to create sustainable, affordable, and convenient ways to ride share. Users have the ability to seek out carpools, vanpools, transit options, and even look for a bike partner.

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Let’s get in gear this summer while saving time + money. | Photo by @sprinkmandowntown

Time to spin those legs

There is no shortage of roads, trails + paths for two-wheeling through the city. Plan your commute using the Dane County Bicycle Map + the Low-Stress Bike Route Finder. Networks like the Capital City Trail and the SW Commuter Path offer protected, car-free travel connecting the many neighborhoods of Madison.

Two-tired to ride all the way? Check out our guide to Madison BCycle, some of which have power assist to wheelie take the load off. Plus, you can always load your bike onto a Metro Bus if you need to.

Old habits die hard

If you insist on traveling by car, allow us to propose Green Cab Madison — an all electric taxi + delivery service. Download the Mobile22 app, schedule online, or call to book a ride.