Alternate Transportation

Alternate Transportation

Using alternate transportation options generally produce five benefits:

  1. Save money!
  2. Save time.
  3. Reduce stress.
  4. Become healthier.
  5. Help the environment.

Use a Bike! A bicycle is the simplest machine in our alternate transportation category. This machine can solve complicated air quality problems, improve your health, and reduce consumption of fossil fuels. Bikes are gaining in popularity and style with the number of individual trips made by bike tripling since 1977 – exceeding 4 billion (4,000,000,000) trips in 2009. Bike racks are available throughout the community.

Need help sizing or buying a bike? Visit a local bike shop.

Want to take ride with a group? Join the Wabash River Cycle Club on one of their rides.

Ride the Bus! CityBus offers transportation around Greater Lafayette on their 70 bus fleet. Their fleet includes hybrid diesel-electric busses, trolleys, and traditional buses. Nearly 5 million individual bus boardings occur annually on CityBus busses. To learn more about CityBus policies and ride rates visit

Walk a Trail! More than 40 miles of paved, gravel, and dirt trails travel throughout Greater Lafayette. These range from the 13 mile Wabash Heritage Trail which runs along Burnett Creek and the Wabash River to the less than 0.5 mile Nighthawk Trail. Trails throughout the community exist on a variety of topography and highlight natural areas or provide transportation options from one area to another. Each governmental entity maintain their own trail maps.

Want to see sites other than nature – take a walking tour to view the architecture throughout Greater Lafayette. The Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts self-guided tours and offers special event tours, like Haunted Lafayette around Holloween.

Try an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle! Several vehicles are now on the market. Visit your local dealer for information on hybrid Honda Civics, Toyota Prius, Ford Escape, and more. For those drivers interested in electric vehicles, there are now electric car charging stations available on Purdue’s campus and throughout the community.