Well I’ve been back a week and am still very impressed how a small Minnesota town in the middle of the North Country can move people around better than a big city suburb.
The trend now is that the upcoming younger generation may be eschewing the car for other forms of getting around. That’s great and I applaud their choice. It will go a long way in improving public transit.
However they made a decision to do that, people in my situation had the choice made for them. If the auto becomes a conscious choice again, it will be my group that will get shafted.
I need work to make sure that doesn’t happen.
I am right now in Bemidji, MN. for my college homecoming. First time I have been back in 25 years. The town has grown about 20,000 live here and they are home to three colleges. Even though you can walk pretty easily here to get where you need to go-IT HAS A BETTER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAN MOST BIG CITY SUBURBS!!!
I going to explore the town today and the school and I will get back to you.
Now that I don’t drive I can observe driving habits without having to react.
I have come to the conclusion that driving in a demolition derby is a lot safer than driving in traffic.
Everyone is in a hurry, distracted by cell phones and no consideration for any body.
So I started pricing out a tricycle.
Since it’s all on line-makes it tough as you can’t physically test one.
Also most consumer sites don’t have ratings.
Well the leaves are changing which means how you get around without car.
Walking and/or biking may not be possible on days when the weather sucks-snow blocked sidewalks means you might have to walk in the street.
And you have to allot time for weather delays for other modes.
Lots of adjustments.