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The World may indeed be coming to an end

My younger brother seems to have sucumbed to the desire to join the car owning masses. He had previously ridden his bike around Seattle or *gasp* took public transportation. Now he'll join the rest of us blatant polluters happily motoring down the expressways of life. He has not actually owned a car in 15 years I think. Will wonders never cease. At least he's buying a used VW. Apparently my dad and I were able to leave some lasting impressions on him



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Aug. 4th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
From this side of the country, it's just unfathomable that anyone has the option to ride a bike anywhere. Must be the lay-out of your city because riding a bike here is an excellent way to get killed. Plus, Spouse has never had a job yet that didn't include taking the toll road or the hwy, neither allow bikes, as if you wanted to bike that far everyday. Between the heat and the torrential downpours, it's impossible. I feel fortunate that I can bike to my local bike store and, weather permitting, I can bike to the library and bike to 1 grocery store. Everything else is out of reach.

And mass transit! I remember having that option some in St. Louis and it was FABULOUS in Japan. Here? HAHAHAHahahahahahahahahahahahaha--no. We don't really have mass transit. Sometimes there are buses but they're always changing routes and cutting funds. Last I checked, the bus no longer stops around here, which is ok. Seeing a bus on this side of town was a novelty anyway. Buses are things you see downtown or on tv.
Aug. 4th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
My brother lives in Seattle. I live South of Chicago. Mass transit isn't even an option for me and I live farther out than most of my coworkers so it's my car on the Expressway to work for me everyday. I often take Amtrak when i do teh 200 mile trip down to my farm on the weekends though. There just happens to be a route that goes close to my city house and my farm house. When I move to Dubuque in a couple of months, I won't have the option fo the train anymore. My brother on the other hand lives just blocks from where he works. He can walk. For years, He just worked from home and didn't even have to go to the office. I think he's getting tired of his bike getting stolen though. The West coast is very well set up with mass transit, both local and long distance. as you move East and South though, those options change drastically. Has to do with the history of how we moved across the continent and how the railroads helped that effort.

Aug. 4th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Now that I've actually seen how convenient mass transit can be (BART and Muni in SF) I am even more disgusted that I have to have a car here in Indy. And even though we're slowly getting bike lanes..it's still taking your life in your own hands to ride anywhere.

Another thing I saw in SF was a car sharing company, which I think is a pretty cool idea (http://www.zipcar.com/.) Unfortunately it'll probably take 10 years to get into flyover land.
Aug. 4th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's strange to me that here in the Chicago Metro area I don't see more people car pooling or even the incentives that other cities give people to carpool. Mass transit really isn't an option for me and no one lives near enough to me to carpool with. But other's could and I look out and see a parking lot of hundreds of cars and watch each night as people leave and get in...one person each...to their cars and drive home. Strangeness.

Aug. 4th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
May your brother quickly learn the frustration of traffic jams caused by construction on the interstates and everyone getting off work at the same time.
Most of all, may he drive safely!
Aug. 4th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I doubt he will drive to work. He lives to close. I think he's discovered it's a good thing to own a car when you have a girl friend and want to take trips out of town on weekends.

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