Four years ago I got into my 2001 VW New Beetle turbo dream car. What speed and very roomy (in the front seats). Well, it’s gone, I dropped it off at the West Hartford VW dealership and took the bus home.
In what will be a six month experiment, I will attempt to live without my own car. Of course when I lived in NYC that made perfect sense, but in Hartford it will be more of a challenge. A member of my Quaker meeting gave me her old mountain bike (purple no less), I bought a helmet and a 40 ride pass for the bus.
I see some advantages to this move.
1. more exercise (or should I just say exercise. The biggest workout I’ve gotten lately has been getting out of bed!)
2. environmentally friendly. With all the flying I do, I pollute the planet enough.
3. support local businesses.
4. car sharing (borrowing or begging) with friends.
5. meet new people on the bus
6. look really cool and athletic in my new bike helmet (and kinda dorky too)
7. look really tough with a chain wrapped around my waist as I ride my bike
8. save loads of money on gas and insurance.
I will check in periodically about how the experiment is going. This week will be easy as I will be in Saskatchewan, Canada for Kairos, the United Church of Canada’s Young Adult Confernence. Early September will be my first real test.