We all know that riding the bus is one of the best ways to combat air pollution. One full bus can take as many as 35 cars off the road, which cuts down on the amount of harmful emissions in the air.
So, get excited about your bus ride by spending a little quality time with your MP3 player. Of course, everyone has a different opinion on how to make the perfect mix. But, here are some things to think about:
Consider the Mood. What’s the tone you’re trying to set for your day?
Challenge Yourself. Mix it up—try different combinations to avoid getting bored.
Be Flexible. Don’t worry about sticking to a certain genre or theme.
I posed a Facebook question about how to make the perfect mix, and here are some tips I got:
- Don’t limit yourself to one mix. Create several playlists to anticipate your different moods. For instance, when I’m frustrated, I have an angry metal playlist prepared. I’ve also got a soothing, indie heavy mix ready to calm me down. (-Alyson)
- I like stability in my playlist and usually stick to classical music because it allows me to do other things like read and play games. (-Erin)
And we asked around the Clean Air Campaign office for some favorite tunes:
- “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 because “it wakes me up and gets me moving.”
- “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele because “the beat is invigorating.”
- “Lose Yourself” by Eminem because “it gives me street cred.”
Other listening options
Music playing services. If you keep your music on your phone or use a 3G capable MP3 player, you can also access a music service like Pandora Radio. Pandora automatically recommends and plays music based on your song suggestions. And if you’re a Facebook user, check out Spotify, another music service that also allows you to share songs and playlists with your friends.
Podcasts Not that into music? Try flipping to a podcast instead.
iTunes has hundreds of free podcasts to browse through —but that’s not your only option. If you’re not an Apple user try www.podcasts.com or www.podcastalley.com to download casts to the media player of your choice, or even directly onto your MP3 player or smartphone. Funny, serious, educational, political—pick a topic, and there’s likely a podcast out there covering it. And most are totally free!
I’m personally a fan of following podcasts that talk about my favorite TV shows like (geek alert!) Doctor Who, How I Met Your Mother, and The Walking Dead.
Videos. How else does taking the bus win over driving? Video. When you don’t have to keep those eyes on the road, you can glue them to something way more entertaining. So if your MP3 player has video capabilities, try a video podcast. And don’t forget about music videos—get on YouTube or Vevo for a huge backlog of music videos and even suggested playlists based on the artists and songs you search.
What do you like to listen to on the bus? Leave us an answer in the comments! And don’t forget to log your bus riding time on the AirCreds tool for points and prizes!