Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Going carless in Columbia
When we first moved to Columbia we were childless and with my wife taking the commuter bus to DC every day we decided to try and live with just one car. Columbia with its bike paths and convenient shopping just a half a mile away seemed like the ideal community to walk and bike if you didn't have a car at your disposal. We did this for a few years until my wife started to do in home day care and needed a car to be licensed.
I was reminded of the convenience of Columbia the past few days with one of our vehicles not in running order for 5 days. Being retired makes it easier for me but my wife still needs a car for her part time work. Walking a mile and a half to the Supreme Sports Club to swim, a half mile to the Giant and using my bike on a bike path to a meeting four miles away was really a pleasant change. Of course the beautiful late Spring weather made it easier to be carless the past few days. Somehow it does seem silly to drive to the Supreme Sports Club to exercise and then drive home. Maybe a walk there and back would be just as healthy and less polluting.
So with my vehicle back will I revert back to my past driving habits? I hope to take a middle ground and walk and bike more frequently for short trips but still probably drive for trips over 5 miles. Time will tell but maybe the past few days have shown me a different way that keeps more with the spirit of Columbia having easy alternative ways to get around.
Posted by duanestclair at 5:34 AM