Alternative modes of transportation
come with benefits

Driving less to downtown Durham is good for you (and the community)

Discover the benefits

of walk, bus, bike or rideshare

Our initiative encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation into Durham.  The Mayors Challenge team wants travel by foot, bike, bus, or rideshare to be a choice, and a benefit, for all.  Through our digital tool, the "personalized route",  we can help you discover the best mode and route to downtown Durham.  Our tool will quantify the health, time, and financial benefits of commuting without a car.

Let us help you discover the health benefits of driving less and walking or biking more
Let us help you discover the time benefits of alternative modes of transportation.
Let us help you discover the financial benefits that rideshare, bus, bike, and walk can provide.

Example: Driving less means more free time

Here is an example of how much time a person could gain or recapture over a year by riding the bus to downtown Durham instead of driving to work daily. This number is featured as part of the "personalized route".

How we calculated benefits:

ASSUMPTIONS are based on your
recommended personalized mode and route.
  • Mileage is based on home to work.
  • All benefits are calculated based 480 commute trips in a year.  That is 2 trips per day for 5  days a week, 52 weeks a year, or 520.   We then deduct an estimate for holidays, personal or vacation, 20 days, or 40 fewer trips. 
  • Financial benefits are what you save from gas and wear and tear.
  • Financial benefits if you bike include an annual $75 estimate for bike maintenance. 
  • Financial benefits if you bus/park-n-ride include an annual $25 for a GoPass.  (If GoPass is free, you have $25 more.)
  • Health benefits are based on a person weighing 150 pounds.  Actual calories burned will vary by a person's weight.
  • A person averages 2000 steps per mile.
  • A person walks a mile in 20 minutes.
Your Health Calculation
Walking Benefits

annual  = 480  x  83.33  x (# miles)

Biking Benefits

annual  = 480 x  37.5 x (# miles)


Your Health Example
Walk vs. Car Health Benefits

Your walk to the bus stop is .05 mile each trip.  You walk 1 mile a day which is 240 miles (more) a year and you burn off 20,000 calories more a year.

Bike vs. Car Health Benefits

Your commute is 5 miles by bike.  Your calories burned are 185 per trip, and your annual calories is 90,000, or almost 26 pounds more a year.

Your Time Calculation
Bus Benefits

total minutes spent on the bus per trip

minus 5 minutes, estimated for transition on and off the bus

extra daily time = ride time - 5 minutes


Your Time Example
Bus  vs. Car Benefits

Your bus ride time is 25 minutes per trip/50 total minutes.  Your daily free time is an additional 40 minutes if you bus to and from work, and 160 hours per year. This is time you can use doing thing you enjoy instead of driving a car.

Your Money Calculation
Alternative Mode Benefits

annual  =  480 x $.16 x (# of miles)

carpoolers divide annual amount by 2

Baseline Costs

$.16 includes the following costs:
fuel economy = 26 miles per gallon
gas costs = $2.80 gallon
car maintenance  = $.05 mile
$2.80/26=$.11  $.11+ $.05=$.16


Your Money Example
Carpool vs. Car Alone Benefits

You commute 26 miles by car per trip. You switch to rideshare/carpool with 1 other person.  Your personal commute savings is $2.05 per trip ($4.10 per day) and $984 for the year. Your carpool partner has the same savings.

Bus  vs. Car Benefits

Your commute 8 miles round trip.
You switch from car to bus. Your approximate savings is $605.54