No Car: Update 1
A couple of days into this monthlong experiment and I have already observed a couple of things worthy of a blog post. You definitely gain and lose something if you are solely reliant upon one form of transportation. If you only take the bus, or if only drive a car; both have pros and cons. The true question is how can we find a balance using multiple forms of transportation so that we can fully experience our city. Orlando’s bus provider, Lynx, tweeted a quote the other day that I’ve definitely observed this early already.
“You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.” ― Erol Ozan
Feb 1st was a bike and walking day. I had to ship a package from UPS which meant packing it into my bag, riding 9 minutes each way to and from. Needless to say, the ride home was a tad more enjoyable. I biked to and from a coffee shop, and later in the day to and from 7-11. The end of the night included a walk to Red Light Red Light.
Feb 2nd was when I realized I’m going to need to drastically increase my calorie intake. I should normally be eating 3,000 (I’m not a small guy) and I usually eat somewhere closer to 2,000. This day after about 30 min on the bike I began to get the effects of not having enough energy to burn. This was also my first introduction to using the bus. What should have been a 1 hour and 20 minute ride (via the Lynx schedule) turned into a 1 hour and 40 minute ride, almost making me late for work (it has been dually noted to leave on the bus prior to this one). Leading into this month I anticipated blazing through a bunch of books, planning to make a real dent in my ‘to read’ books. Wrong. I couldn’t get past 1 page before getting motion sick. I’m going to need to find something else productive to do while on the bus. Oddly enough though, reading my iPhone screen didn’t make me motion sick; probably from all the times I read it while driving … but thats just a theory. Happened to be ending my shift with my co-worker (roommate) and tagged along home with him. Still interested to see what my night route will look like.
Feb 3rd was a bike-a-thon day. Spent about 1 hour 30 minutes riding to and from the 2 churches I attend. I spent a portion of the afternoon sitting on the couch watching House of Cards hoping to recover. Thankfully I got invited to a Super Bowl party in Sanford; a 35 min car ride (or a 4 hour bus ride) each way. Obviously in this situation, carpooling with these friends/neighbors would have normally taken place, so I was able to tag along.
Feb 4th and so far today I haven’t left the house. Extremely thankful that I get to work out of the house for 20 hours a week. I’m sure my next set of post will be packed with some more comments; I will be taking the bus for the next 4 days.
I am pretty bad at expressing my thoughts in text. I do a much better job explaining things in person. So if you have any questions or would like to hear my deeper thoughts, desires, and observations in relation to this experiment, please let me know. I would love to meet up and talk with you. After all, I’m not only doing this for myself, but to share it with others who can’t just stop using their car for 1 month … or think they can’t.