Tuesday was transportation day. I went into the day thinking it was going to be one of the easiest for me, because we haven’t owned a car in years. But I’m not content just to do what we’ve always done. Despite always taking public transit everywhere, here is my list of what more we’re going to do:
- Skip on escalators/elevators at public transit stations, opting for the stairs. Or at least try to. It’s such a habit, I don’t even remember my commute home yesterday, and therefore am relatively certain I failed this one so far. It might take some time to develop this new habit, so I’ll keep trying.
- Look into getting a bike (or two) to avoid taking the bus. This will also save on waiting-for-the-bus time, which I’m excited about. Husband and I will still have to take the train, but cutting out the bus and adding exercise will be a good thing. I’m hoping to find one on craigslist or freecycle and will wait it out for a while to see what’s available secondhand before opting to buy one.
- Avoid flying. This one’s easy because it’s so expensive and such a hassle. We took Amtrak to visit family over Christmas, and it was fun. We’ll definitely be doing that again.
- Let my public officials know how vital public transportation is. Transportation day was easy for me because of where I live. There are lots of areas where public transport is not nearly this viable an option or is completely nonexistent. It just plain needs to be given more attention in our country, and we all need to speak up.