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What is your main source of transport.
9 years ago
Well, unfortunately for myself at the moment it is our van. I suppose I could walk to the nearest convenience type store...about a 1/2 mile to a mile away. The closest grocery store of any size was about 7 miles away but they went bankrupt last week. There is one in the next closest town but that's about 7-8 miles away. So what do I do? (rhetorical question, as I fully intend on answering it right now. *lol* ) Well, I could check with our nearby relatives (we live within 1/4 mile of 6 adult relatives) and combine trips to the store. I could combine trips to the store with trips to work. Next year when they step up the farming efforts here, I could suggest getting a horse and a little wagon or buggy...a la our Amish neighbors. (It would have an added benefit of slowing down the traffic on the country road on which we live....) The closest branch of the church I have attended most often is about 30 miles away. There are two churches "a couple of football fields away". I'm a firm believer that it matters more about the sincerity of one's worship than where exactly one does it.
Transportation
9 years ago
My husband and I live a mile from our work, so we walk or ride our bikes. We actually used to live 11 miles out of town, and we would ride in as often as possible, but we did use our car, also. We moved into town mainly to give up the car(we do still have our 69 VW camper van which we use for camping and coast trips, which is not so often). It feels great being liberated from the confines of our vehicle. We go up to Eugene(a great town about an hour and half away) about once a month. We try to take the greyhound up for that, but if we must we will take our van. Peace!
I'm a pedestrian!
9 years ago
I'm a freshman in college right now. I have hardly spent any time behind the wheel of a car. I never got my driver's license, and I hope I never will. I walk everywhere on campus, and I won't ever live anywhere where I can't walk everywhere. I understand that some people need cars, but more people have them than need them, and most of them are much larger and less efficient than they should be. I want to work toward a world where there are very few cars, and where whatever cars there are are efficient and responsibly used (car sharing, carpooling, etc.). The automobile is not a bad idea, but why do we need so many?
9 years ago
Although I have a driver's license I opted for not having a car. So I go everywhere using public transportation. I use the metro to get to work. I often use buses and for longer travels within the country, I travel by train or bus. It's cheaper, stress-free (driving here is just too stressful) and much more environmental friendly.
9 years ago
I was a long haul trucker for a long time, but trucks are not that bad. They get 1/2 the milage of an SUV, really (!), and can carry 40,000 lbs. They are also getting hydrogen pretty soon. I was also a school bus driver. I am going to drive my care to Georgia tomorrow, but I am bringing my bike. I was a bike messenger in NYC (very dangerous job) for much of my life. Bikes have caused me a lot of injuries, but I am almost 50 now and I pass for 30, so its a good trade. Cars have to go, as a trucker I would see a dead person on the road side every 2 - 3 weeks, it made me feel like people are just meat, stupid meat. Now I am becoming a teacher (in Georgia) and I hope to form a cycle club for the kids in my school.
Fortunately
9 years ago
My husband lives 1/2 mile away from work, and we havea little market we walk to pick little items we miss. We drive a 93 Ford T bird that moves only to take me to work and to do errands on bill and grocery day. We have made conscious (sp) efforts since we lived in Port Huron years back, that if it was within a two mile radius we would walk. I spent many cold snowy winter mornings trekking to college making pit stops at coffee shops to refill my mug. It may not be much, but we stand by our commitment to leave this earth a bit better then when we were born into it.
9 years ago
My Feet! I live in a community of about 7,000 people and can walk everywhere to get what I need. We are also on the main train route so if I have to go to "The BIG CITY" I can take the train and then use the bus and tram system there. Other than my feet.... there's my mountain bike which I use to ride the 4 to 6km to work locations and for fun there's the dogscooter, Siberian Husky powered.
9 years ago
! We're very lucky here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I rely on our subway BART a lot. Then there's the 20 minute walk to and back from the station. I also use buses and my folding bike which helps. The beautiful thing is seeing young skaters and roller bladers commuting in some pretty creative ways. We still have Amtrak here in California too which is a neglected gem IMHO. Lars .
9 years ago
I usually ride my bike or bus to campus. The buses in my town aren't so good to places other than campus, so I do use my car for going to appointments when I need to be on time and not sweaty from pedalling. :) I am trying to cut down on driving as much as possible. I hope I can learn from some people here!
Car Free
9 years ago
After reading all the messages I am really encouraged by the fact that there are so many individuals that are trying to promote alternative transportation. I tried living in Miami for about a year without a car and it was very difficult. Unfortunately I gave in a bought a car. However, I am hopeful with the growing trend in the United States of people looking for alternaitves to transportation, built environments and sustainable developments that things will get better and there will be more choices for everyone. I have been keeping track of the World Car Free Network at www.worldcarfree.net and recently found out about the plans to build the first car free city in the US. Car Free City USA at www.carfreecity.us. I hope they start building it soon. I know where I will be moving to.
Hi, you great people!
9 years ago
I live in Los Angeles and I don't know what I'd do without a car. Public transport's just starting to improve here but distances are great... I didn't learn to drive until I was pregnant, carrying my other little one & a kid pushed me out of his way to get into the bus 1st. 20+yrs have passed but still remember the fear I felt from almost falling under the bus. I want biodiesel & keep squaking abt it. Hope it'll happen. The best I'm doing is combining all I have to do into 1 trip, avoiding extra trips, making lists & trying to do errands in order so as not to zigzag, always asking people to carpool, if we;re going to the same place, etc... Hope these new buses, metros & trains in LA will stay & be more reliable.
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