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Drive Smart, Take Care Of Your Car

Car Care Month I just watched the odometer on my 2001 truck turn to 280,000 miles this week. Every five or six months there is some type of repair to contend with.  I always ask, “Is it worth it to put that much money into this thing?” My answer for the past three years has […]

Try Taking The Bus, Not The SOV

The Many Reasons To Give The Bus A Go The wheels on the bus go round and round… round and round. Let’s talk about the bus this week.  “What?” you ask,  “there are buses in Springfield?” Yes, there are buses in Springfield and, if you have never ridden one, you may be missing one of […]

Free Bicycle Course

Free Bicycle Traffic Skills Course And Why You Should Attend We are back to the subject of bikes this week. I want to hit this subject for two reasons. First, the weather is changing and bike season is here. This past weekend, while a bit windy, was a dream for cyclists. The bike traffic on […]

Walking Power

The Power of Walking For Active Transportation We talk a lot about cycling for transportation on this site. And we promote use of the city bus system, and we even drive the car around town if it is done efficiently.  However, today we would like to discuss our feet.  There is a lot of power […]

Try The Trail Challenge, Springfield

Together We Can Log The Most Miles In Missouri! In just 24 hours, spring begins. Given the weather the past seven days, I am wondering if Mother Nature is aware of her position on the calendar. Then again, do we really pay any attention to the weather or the calendar? For many, last week was Spring Break […]

Diary Of A Wannabe Bike Commuter – Chapter Two

What I Learned From Mark Fenton. I believe my last post was a couple of months ago and I claimed to the world this was going to be my year to ride my bike to work.  Maybe I claimed that a little too early since this has been the coldest winter we have seen in […]

The Latest Alternative Transportation Updates In Springfield

Exciting Changes Are Coming To Springfield’s Alternative Transportation Scene Well folks, we have been given our topic for this week’s blog.  We draw the topic out of a hat every week from a list of issues and questions sent to us from our knowledgeable readers. This week’s winning topic was “What’s happening In Alternative Transportation […]

Springfield Welcomes Mark Fenton

Mark Fenton To Speak At The Ozark Greenways Meeting On March 6th at 6p.m. Springfield may be known as the birthplace of the Mother Road, but the Queen City is working to put its name out there as a healthy, bicycle friendly community also. Have you heard the phrases “Walk this way,” “Springfield’s on the […]

The Impact Of Going Car-Lite In Springfield

Benefits Of A Car-Free Or Car-Lite Springfield. Well, we have the Wannabe Bike Commuter out there, and we have the Wannabe Better Bike Commuter right here. As I was driving a rented car to Jefferson City for a meeting yesterday, I was wondering, what might motivate more people to give alternative transportation a try?  What […]

Walkable Springfield

Let’s Make Springfield A Walkable City!   There is no arguing the fact that people in Springfield love their cars.  It can be seen on the streets throughout the day.  Impatient drivers speeding down the street, traffic backups at intersections, drivers honking at each other to get out of the way… Wouldn’t it be nice […]

Bicycle Commuting With Your Kids

Go Smart With Your Children.   Last week we received a great question about how you might do a bit of bicycle commuting with a child. My first thoughts were, are you crazy? That’s some dangerous stuff!  It’s bad enough you’re out there in the way with a bike, and now you want to bring […]

Advice For The Wannabe Bike Commuter

Do you want to become a bicycle commuter? How about a round of applause for the “Wannabe Bike Commuter” in our January 22nd blog post? There was some fantastic intention, backed with the good skill, equipment, and safety knowledge to make that commuter goal come true. And we could break down the excuse list one […]

Diary of a Wannabe Bike Commuter – Chapter One

As the sun shines on the horizon and I step outside to a brisk six degrees, I tell myself “Today is definitely NOT the day.”  What day is this I speak of?  The day I start riding my bike to work!  I am an avid supporter of biking, an advocate for it as a form […]

The 100 Missouri Miles Trail Challenge

What’s an award worth?   In case you missed it, Missouri was awarded the “Best Trail State in America” by American Trails Inc. last April.  I have always questioned the true value of an award. Is an award a message that you have succeeded—you’re at the top, time to quit? Or is it a challenge […]

The Great Trail Challenge

Featured Trail: Frisco Highline   As this is our first blog entry for 2014 we have decided to kick it off with a challenge and a question. The question is, how many of you have walked, ran, biked or fully explored all 68-miles of our greenway trail network in Springfield? That question is also our […]

Winter Driving Tips

How To Drive Safely This Winter Last week, we talked about walking and riding the bus in the slushy snow.  Although there are some people who will still brave the elements to walk or ride the bus in the snowy weather, we certainly realize others still want to drive—and that’s okay! But we can’t leave […]

Winter Time Walking & Bus Riding

Everything You Need To Know To Walk Or Ride The Bus This Winter Bread, milk and all the basics gone from shelves of all the grocery stores, car lines to the gas pumps three miles long, kids crossing their fingers hoping it was all true and school will be cancelled – what is going on? […]

The Let’s Go Smart And Ozark Greenways Connection

OUR CONNECTION TO THE OZARK GREENWAYS In our last post, we mentioned the STAR Team was a committee  under the Ozark Greenways. And again we had a couple of inquiries. Thanks for the great questions and keep them rolling in. Question #1: Why is the Ozark Greenways working to better Springfield’s transportation options? Before I […]

Who Is The STAR Team

Who is this STAR Team we speak of? As we have gotten the Let’s Go Smart website up and running we have had an inquiry or two on just who is the STAR Team and how did all this get started? That’s a great question. Many years ago, let’s say six years, there were several […]

Become A SMARTicipant

We are trying to make the Let’s Go Smart website a fun, interactive site that benefits the people of Springfield. To do this, we need your help! Yep, we want to hear your stories and experiences about alternative transportation modes, tips and tricks. So we developed a feature on the website called “SMARTicipants,” where we […]

An Introduction To Let’s Go Smart & Alternative Transportation

Learn About Let’s Go Smart & The Alternative Transportation Movement Greetings and welcome to our refreshed Let’s Go Smart website and our first LGS blog entry.  It is our intent to bring you features both local and from around the country that are relevant to the national movement of making our communities more livable, healthier […]

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