With president-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, we may see plans to dismantle the Paris Agreement, which intends to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide pollutants from nearly 200 consenting countries, come to fruition. Trump argues that we should use financial resources to ensure clean water, eradicate endemic diseases and increase food production—all of which, of course, are directly affected by global warming—using Twitter to call on us to “get smart.” With notorious denier Myron Ebell to lead the Environmental Protection Agency transition, we can, indeed, get smart at least with regard to sustainable commuting. Here are five worthy options.
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle, (About $11,000 and up, Zero Motorcycles): This is a bike that truly delivers. Designed with direct-drive powertrain and fully adjustable suspension for agility in the dirt and on the road, the Zero DS will become both your favorite new toy and your ride to work.
Townie Go! 8i Electric Bicycle, ($2,730, Electra): This battery-powered, pedal-assist commuter will get you to the office on time without breaking a full sweat. The combination of four support modes—eco, tour, sport and turbo—and an eight-speed gear hub will weed you through the traffic you’ll be so glad you’re not stuck sitting in.
M Scooter, ($800, Acton Global): With speeds topping 12 miles per hour for up to 28 miles, you’ll slowly but surely benefit the planet—though you may hurt your own dignity along the way. That said, this three-wheel electric scooter also collapses to fit comfortably beneath your desk—or in the trunk of your car, though that defeats the purpose…
Ethiopia Skate X BB Skateboard ($140, Penny Skateboards): Chances are, if you care about the environment, you probably care about the world. Get around with confidence that you’re doing good with this Penny board that supports projects and nonprofits that encourage skateboarding all across the globe. So commuters in Ethiopia can help the planet, too!
Expressway 2 Folding Bicycle ($500, Giant): This lightweight but durable aluminum bike makes for a smooth ride with seven-speed twist shifting that’ll help you navigate unruly city streets. If you happen to live in a city with public transportation, it’ll also fold up nicely to trek onto the train with you when you’re feeling too lazy to pedal back home at the day’s end.