How to get around the city in a physically distanced world

Do you live in the city and need to get somewhere? While the government has still asked us to stay home and avoid social situations as much as possible, sometimes it can't be avoided, especially if you don't have a car of your own. Here are some ways to get around your city responsibly.

Walking? Wear a mask

Walking is by far the most economical way to travel downtown. Not only that, but it allows you to stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh air and get some exercise. If walking is your preferred mode of transportation, it’s highly recommended that you wear a mask. Maintaining a distance of two metres can be tricky when walking down Granville Street, Saint-Catherine Street, or Queen Street West. If you notice that the main sidewalks are too crowded, consider taking a detour or moving to the less populated side of the road.

 

Eco-friendly wheels

Winter isn’t here yet! Did you know that there are plenty of bike paths for you to enjoy while the weather is still warm(ish) that can help you to reach your destination without having to worry about coming into contact with others? Consider riding your bike or skateboard alongside Montreal’s Canal that stretches the length of lower downtown, or Toronto’s excellent network of bike paths, including the beautiful Harbourfront.

It’s no secret that a bike is a small investment, but you can find a second-hand bike for the cost of a monthly public transportation pass. In fact, here’s what professional triathlete, Daniel Clarke, has to say about finding the perfect second-hand bike.

 

Cycling 2.0

It might take some time before things in Canada “”go back to normal.”” It may be worthwhile to start thinking about long-term transportation solutions.

The humble bicycle certainly has evolved over the years. From electric scooters to hybrid bikes, there are now various ways for you to get around that don’t require a licence and are still eco-friendly.

Don’t have enough space in your apartment for a bike? A foldable bike can slide easily into your closet! And if you live a little further from downtown but still want to take safe and eco-friendly transport, you can try an electric bike!

 

If you have to take the bus

Public transportation commissions are doing their best to ensure each passenger is safe while travelling on the bus, metro, train or streetcar. For many urban Canadians, taking public transport is the only option. If it can’t be avoided, here’s how to safely travel on the bus, subway or train, according to public health experts:

  • Wear a face mask that covers both your nose and mouth
  • Avoid physical contact with other travellers
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet (where possible)
  • Wash and sanitize your hands thoroughly before and after you take the bus or other public transit
  • Avoid using public transportation if you or other people you live with feel sick or have symptoms of coronavirus.

Choose a city-friendly vehicle

If driving is your best or only option, a car designed for city driving is an ideal choice for getting around easily. City cars typically offer good fuel economy and can maneuver city streets, parkades and tight spaces with ease. Kijiji Autos has a wide variety of city cars that are perfect for getting around busy streets, giving you all the options you need to make a smart car-buying decision,

 

Shop bikes, city cars and other transportation options with confidence on Kijiji

Did you know that you can use Kijiji’s updated search functions to help you safely shop for items online? Now, sellers can let you know about additional services they offer to help make the transaction safer, such as various options for contactless transactions. If a city car is on your list, Kijiji Autos can connect you to a dealer today.

Your well-being is our number one priority. Consider whether in-person transactions are necessary and visit our Help Desk for more information and guidance on how to trade or buy safely.

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