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5 discounts and deals for traveling green in Los Angeles

gettingonmetro 5 discounts for traveling green in Los Angeles

With the gas and parking prices these days, getting around by bike, bus, rail, and your own two feet can save you quite a bit of money in Los Angeles. If you need a good green deal to get you thinking outside the car, start by hitting up these five spots for eco-friendly discounts and freebies.

1. 20% off locavore-friendly cookingHomegirl Café cooks up contemporary Latina fare — some made with produce grown in the Cafe’s own garden — while giving formerly gang-involved women job training and education. Show your Metro pass, rail ticket, or TAP card and get 20% off your meal.

2. Free green spa giftWillow Spa — a Santa Monica relaxation spot that offers facials and treatments with organic products — has a program called Walk to Willow on Thursdays. Simply walk to the spa, let the desk know when you check in that you did so, and get a free green gift from another local green business after your treatment.

3. $3 off a day at the zoo. Get an appreciation for nature and its diversity by visiting the L.A. Zoo — and get $3 off your admission ticket by showing your Metro pass, rail ticket, or TAP card.

4. 10% off yoga classes. At the newish Chakra 5 Yoga Studio in East Hollywood, cyclists and Metro riders get special treatment. Simply show your bike helmet or Metro pass at check-in, and you’ll get a 10 percent discount on your yoga class — bringing the total down to $13.50. Namaste.

5. 15% off car-sharing memership. So happy about the green travel discounts you decided to get rid of your car? LAXCarShare — which offers hourly, hassle-free car rentals in the L.A. area — could get you where you need to go those few times you still need a vehicle. Sign up using the code “Metro” — and you’ll get 15% off sign-up feesthrough the end of this year.

For more green travel deals and freebies, check out Metro’s Destination Discounts — an often-updated list of local benefits for Metro riders. More of a cyclist? Get a membership to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition for up to 15 percent off at bike shops across the city. A regular membership costs $35 — but right now, you can get it for $25 if you also sign up for the L.A. River Ride happening Sun., June 5.

Know of other green travel discounts in the L.A.-area? Share them in the comments –

Photo: UCLA Transportation/Flickr