- Walk, bike or skateboard!
- Check out a folding bike from the ATM Room at the Campus Center (check out through the Coop Store) or from the Outdoor Education Center in Pomona Hall during normal business hours. Rentals are free and for 24 hours.
- Pay a visit to the Green Bikes shop in the basement of Norton-Clark (entrance on 6th Street across from the football field). This student-run maintenance and repair shop services bicycles for all members of the five-college community. Labor is free, parts are at-cost. See their site for current hours.
- Get a Green Bike. The shop rents about 160 bikes each year, free of charge, to campus members. Keep an eye on emails, this website, and Chirps for more information on when bikes will be distributed.
- Take public transit. See the Public Transit Guide on the Smith Campus Center website here or download a more extensive guide with lists of fun destinations here [doc] . The Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority also maintains an online trip planner at www.metro.net.
Reduce Driving Impacts
- Leave your car at home and use Zipcar instead. Yearly registration for Pomona students, staff, and faculty is discounted and costs $35 per year. Hourly rates are $8 in most cases, and include gas, insurance, and 180 miles. You can also rent a car for a full day for only $60. Zipcars live in the parking lots next to Lincoln-Edmunds, between Carnegie and Pearsons, and in front of Sumner Hall. Before registering online, pick up a Zipcar card at the ASPC Office so you don't have to wait for one to be mailed to you.
- Save gas by driving smartly and maintaining your car:
- Don't idle. If you're stopping for more than ten seconds - except in traffic, of course - turn off your engine. Idling for more than ten seconds uses more gas than simply restarting your engine.
- Don't speed. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
- Travel light and pack smart. Hauling an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces fuel economy by up to 2 percent.
- Keep your engine tuned properly. Checking spark plugs, oxygen sensors, air filters, hoses, and belts are a few examples of maintenance that can save you up to 165 gallons of gas per year, resulting in potential savings of $380.
- Check the tires. Have your wheels aligned and keep your tires properly inflated. Low tire pressure wastes over two million gallons of gasoline in the United States every day.
- Know when to use the air. Air conditioning can decrease your fuel efficiency by as much as 12 percent in stop-and-go traffic, so consider cracking the windows. But at high speeds, driving with the windows open can decrease the overall efficiency of the vehicle.
- If you have a plug-in hybrid or electric car you want to bring, use a charging station. Twelve parking spots equipped with these are available in the new parking structure on South Campus. Charging is available through the ChargePoint network.