There is truth to these – I think we used just about all of these last summer.
I love these guys!
Wish I could have starred in this article…it exactly describes my lifestyle. “Car-free” is a bit heavy, especially when the transit system is imperfect and (as we are seeing in Seattle) underfunded. Once bike-ability and transit suitability catch up, I could imagine never using a car. But until then a Car2Go here and there can fill in the gaps in an otherwise car free lifestyle. Affordable, healthy, intentional, sustainable – these are the words I use to describe a car-lite life. Sure, sometimes it is a pain in the ass (a 15 minute drive could take 1.5 hours during late night times), but it is worth it.
Case in point: I run home from work a lot. Last Friday I ran home in 23 minutes. I realized I forgot my keys, and so decided to get a Car2Go to take back to work (I was not feeling a 7.5 mile run and I could not get my bike without my keys). The Car2Go ride took me 45 minutes round trip – exactly the same as my running pace. Minus the healthy benefits.
Seattle Magazine | Arts & Culture/News & Features | Is it Possible to Live Car-Free in Seattle?.
Think these guys are crazy to stand in the middle of the intersection with a truck coming? Perhaps in the United States, but in the Netherlands it is not a big deal. I mentioned the Netherlands last week with Hovenring, the world’s first suspended bike circle. Here is a quick piece highlighting some of the ways the Dutch mentality towards transportation development has been quite different from that of the United States.
Here’s the thing: everyone I know in the USA who is talking about bicycle infrastructure is talking about costs. How much will it cost us to move a few bikes? Is it worth it when we know car travel supports a much larger volume of transport? Will bike infrastructure…
It goes on forever. Here is the thing though: it is not all about costs. The Netherlands knows this well. Ask any hardcore cyclist, bike enthusiast, or casual biker with any intellectual interest in bike transport and they will tell you the Netherlands is a global icon of cycling. This is because they have developed this as their brand. Take, for instance, the Hovenring: the world’s first suspended bicycle roundabout. I guarantee this fails any traditional cost-benefit analysis but it sure does look epic. The Netherlands did not just happen to become the “bike capital of the world.” The Dutch made it that way.
I am sitting here in Musselman Library, at a table in the middle of the first floor, crying. I should have known this would happen. I only write about Poppop on rare occasions, but when I do I can never fight back the tears. Today I was writing some essay responses for why I want to participate in 4k For Cancer, and it just hit me. Originally, I did not want to do this program. I did not want to talk about cancer. I just wanted to go on a cross-country adventure. Although it lacked some of the adventure of forging my own path, I thought I might apply anyway. After all, I could compromise with this program: less adventure for less planning much higher affordability.
But not anymore. I cannot sit down and write about him without a handful of tissues. Perhaps this is the right thing for me. Riding solo would be an exercise in personal development and self-understanding, but so too can 4k For Cancer. Maybe it will not be all about the “adventure.” Maybe it will be about coming to terms with my own story.
This is only mildly related to transportation, but my love of alternative transportation is strongest in non-motorized modes like biking and walking. Getting people up and moving instead of driving everywhere solves so man issues it’s amazing. Of course there is the transportation aspect: less congestion, easier maintained roads, etc. And there is the environmental impact of less pollution and fossil fuel use. But what really moves me is how much healthier we could be if we added more self-powered transportation to the mix. Continue reading