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Ready to Ride, Not Drive?

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Monday, February 25, 2013 00:00 EST

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/1/2013 4:33:38 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Lots of nevers so far
That's the sad truth in many places, Michelle. Where I live, public transprotation has actually been canceled.

Michelle
Michelle  
3/1/2013 4:27:04 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Lots of nevers so far
I'm one of those who chose never but it's not because I love driving myself around so very much. I live in a city where driving is the norm. Public transit isn't super and the whole area is sprawling. A car is a almost a requirement here if you want to go somewhere besides your little neighborhood.

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/27/2013 9:25:42 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Driving
It varies from place to place, but an hour of garaging is around $1-$1.5USD per hour, and the parquimeter is $0.6USD.

The fact here is, our hourly minimum income by law is $0.55USD or $4.70USD per day.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/27/2013 5:46:42 PM
User Rank Staff
Lots of nevers so far
The jury's still out, of course (there aren't enough poll respondents to really impress me yet), but so far, I'm surprised by the number of "nevers" I see here. Looks like a lot of folk aren't interested in giving up their own wheels yet. We have a long way to go.

I have a long way to go!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/27/2013 5:44:54 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Give up the Panda? No way!
Rich, I have to say I agree. While I wold definitely prefer to commute by train if I had to get to the city daily, for everything else I need a car in the area I live in. I couldn't be independent without it.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/27/2013 5:43:07 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Driving
What about the cost of garaging or parking your car, Lesthertod? I know that in New York, that can be a huge cost.

richheap
richheap  
2/27/2013 2:38:20 AM
User Rank Staff
Give up the Panda? No way!
I see how this could work in a mega-city like London or New York, with good public transport systems and nightmare traffic for drivers. But for me and my home city of Oxford, giving up the car isn't an option, so my answer is a big fat 'never'.

Public transport isn't reliable enough or quick enough, and doesn't go to the places we need. Car share schemes aren't much better because I'd have to travel somewhere to pick up the car and then drive it to our home; and, if we did, it'd be extra hassle putting in baby car seats, buggies, other bags etc. I'd rather take public transport when I'm travelling for work but, for leisure, nothing beats hopping into the car.

Yes, a private car on a private driveway is a luxury but, as long as we can afford it, we'll keep it. I'd give it up if it just got too expensive and the cost outweighed the convenience, but not for the benefit of my city. Sorry Oxford!

DSM419
DSM419  
2/25/2013 12:06:40 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Car free and loving it!
Since moving from queens to manhattan three years ago I've only driven a handful of times. I don't own a car and I truly don't miss it at all!

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/25/2013 11:36:55 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Driving
Me and my wife (that feels strange... but well I think I'll get used to) have got bikes. Though, since our city is not really bike-friendly we do have one car, and unfortunately we use it more than we'd like to. Besides the cost of gas, we do not have where to park our bicycles safely, nor where to drive them.

Personally, I'd love to ditch our car and use public transportation and our bikes. But thruth is, our city is not prepared for that. The public transport is somehow dangerous and not time reliable.

We've been a long way from the past years, we have been able to achieve some transit improvements as a city, but there's a long road ahead of us. I can't wait to see the day this can be pedestrian/bicycle friendly!

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