I’ve seen the signs and I believe in the cause. I’m happy it’s happening in the region, but it’s not really my thing. Well – it’s about to be my thing. I’m taking on the task of Driving Less and Living More for one-week.
There’s not one specific reason for this adventure. Environment – sure I want it to be cleaner/greener. Foreign oil dependence – yeah, we all know it’s bad. Health – I could stand to not be in the car so much. Money – of course I’d rather not drop $65 to fill up my car, but it’s a bit of a necessary evil. So why the adventure? Really, it’s just about good timing (and the fact that a couple of DMMers are joining in this adventure with me throughout June).
Spring is here, so the weather makes it easy to be outside a bit more. Through participation in Get Out, Give Back Dayton, I received a free 7-day RTA pass. The stars aligned for me to leave the car behind and see if I could get by for a week, so I’m going to get the inside scoop on transportation sans car.
In addition to riding RTA, I plan to utilize my bike and plain, old fashioned walking. For this, I’m really grateful to the good folks and cycling experts at K&G Bike Center who made sure my bike was ready for the season and safe for the streets.
This is a major challenge for me as I have a very loose relationship with time. Because Dayton boasts short and easy commute times, I have taken for granted that I can get wherever I need, whenever I need. Most often I run into the problem that I think I can get anywhere in about 10 minutes. This is disastrously untrue, but the lack of a car for a week will either drive me (and my friends / colleagues) crazy or teach me a valuable lesson (and lessons are never fun to learn). No more quick trips; I’m going to have to learn to plan for everything in my day as I leave the house.
Bikes + Bus = Adventure