My Final #CarlessMarch Thoughts
If you’ve been following my journey during Carless March then you know it’s been a really interesting and challenging experience that will forever change the way I travel.
I could share a ton of thoughts from this month like how I kinda missed driving and that I’m developing thighs that could crush you from all the biking I’ve been doing. But I’m not going to do that. Instead, I have one takeaway that I think overshadows any other statements I can make.
A pros and cons list of reasons to use public transit instead of driving just isn’t going to cut it.
Choosing public transit or environmentally sustainable methods of travel become something that make sense when you realize the larger implications of travel on where you live and the people who share that space and community with you. There has to be a bit of selflessness in your decision to go carless because, at the end of the day, it’s going to be a sacrifice.
It’s going to rain.
The bus is going to be late and you’re going to miss your connection.
Your sister is going to live somewhere that’s not accessible by public transit.
A stranger WILL sneeze on you.
The list goes on and on.
In most places, choosing public transit is something we have to dedicate ourselves to because we recognize its value on a larger scale than our own, little lives.
I hope you will.
And now for some fun (because, let’s face it, I can’t ever just be serious)
A video of a bike messenger who’s really gonna make you want to hit the streets
A way to make your commute pay off
Try this instead when you travel
A Locally Grown, Locally Owned… bus?
If you’re visual like me
Where to go if you’re super serious about it
A way to support better transportation
A killer app for anyone using transit
How you feel when you can finally climb that hill on your bike