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CNN challenge:  document your CAR-FREE day via video/photos…. can you do it?
Posted: 01 September 2009 04:40 PM   [ # 12 ]
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Accipiter - 01 September 2009 06:39 PM

. .I’m usually walking to those (though if I were to go to the grocery store and buy something like a 50 pound bag of potatoes, eight gallons of milk, and half a cow I’d probably want some other arrangement than just walking home carrying them in bags.

So you mean your normal dinner, then? 😕  :lol:

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Posted: 01 September 2009 06:37 PM   [ # 13 ]
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CarmenSense - 01 September 2009 06:01 PM

That would so not work here either.  We live 25 miles at least from two large cities, and pulling the trailer of lawn mowers behind us to get to the yards that need mowing is just not in my capabilities.

Why don’t you hook the trailer (or probably a smaller one) up to the riding lawn mower?  The study says to not use a car.  Doesn’t say you can’t use a riding lawn mower. 😉

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Posted: 01 September 2009 06:42 PM   [ # 14 ]
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I thought about this for about 15 seconds and decided it just wouldn’t work.  I really don’t like the idea of getting up to walk or bike the 15 miles into work at 630 am then have to walk/bike home at 730 in the evening after a long day at work.  There is no bus service between the town I live in and where I work so that is out of the scenario anyway.  If I were rich and didn’t have to go to work each day I could probably arrange it.  But since I haven’t yet hit the lottery or found someone to pay my bills for me this idea isn’t quite within the realm of reality.

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Posted: 01 September 2009 09:16 PM   [ # 15 ]
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Reducing private automobile use is one of those things that should really be tackled warily by any government.  Purely negative measures, such as restricting when cars can be used or adding extra taxes to fuel, will simply ruin the lives of people who have no other options.  The key is to provide those other options.  Take positive steps, creating more and better public transport and making it safer and easier for people to walk around or ride bicycles.

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. .I’m usually walking to those (though if I were to go to the grocery store and buy something like a 50 pound bag of potatoes, eight gallons of milk, and half a cow I’d probably want some other arrangement than just walking home carrying them in bags.

So you mean your normal dinner, then? 😕  :lol:

Don’t be silly.  There would need to be a salad, too.

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Posted: 02 September 2009 09:51 AM   [ # 16 ]
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Well danbloom, you at least DO have a vehicle of sorts.  I have a wagon but it’s full of backyard stuff right now to go to the dump. 

I haven’t driven either since about 1991 at least.  However, like most here, it’s also impossible to nearly impossible to get to specific destinations; the most important being getting to suitable employment situations.  Though in the beginning I was able to get interview interest, most would have taken me literally 8 hours to get to and back again not just because of distance, but because I would have had to depend on public transportation ports, transfers etc. which would have also surpassed the daily funds I might have earned and would have plunged me into deeper debt.  The only other option was to move to the location where employment interest was given.  I did do that once moving from Maryland to Arizona only to then discover after days of travel and the last of my funds being spent to get there, that the job offers amounted to little more than minimum wage….............so, I had to sell the camper I’d just purchased to make the trip and head back to Maryland where I was finally able to find the only housing left to me in my then-financial situation which was in the heart of a crack neighborhood.

I did learn that for things outside of needing to travel to employment though, I could get literally everything else I needed to get by ordering it from the internet…..............then at least those could be brought TO me.

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Posted: 02 September 2009 02:53 PM   [ # 17 ]
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Berlynprime - 02 September 2009 02:26 PM

And my husband can just walk the 32 miles to work every day and back the way I figure it he’ll probably only have to leave at 4 o’ clock in the morning and he’ll be back by eight every night.

Either your husband walks, really, really fast or he works really, really short shifts.  Or both.

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Posted: 02 September 2009 03:12 PM   [ # 18 ]
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Berlynprime - 02 September 2009 02:26 PM

Ooh! Ooh! I want to carry my children in a little red wagon along the highway to the Wal Mart 14 miles away! (there’s not bad bus service where I live there’s no bus service). And my husband can just walk the 32 miles to work every day and back the way I figure it he’ll probably only have to leave at 4 o’ clock in the morning and he’ll be back by eight every night. Let’s do it! Heck, at least it’s summer now. Think of how much fun it would be in January as my kids and I freeze to death in Montana’s signature 30 below weather!

I can’t stand all of the talk about no cars. If I lived in Denver I could do it, or in practically any other larger city I’m sure it would be possible. That’s great, but possibly our lawmakers should consider life in other places before putting any legislation (or even these crackpot ideas) in place.

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