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Kudos to you Ruth for getting on your bike despite long distances and difficult roads in your rural area. I do think that the biggest dent we can make into overall automobile trips is with trips that are 2 miles and shorter which make up most car trips in the U.S. and can be replaced by bikes and walking. Probably mostly in cities and urban areas, but as you say, folks in rural areas are not completely incapable of pitching in. One thing to consider and that I know is getting more and more popular are electric bikes where the motor can be used as needed on steep hills or longer trips. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle
05/11/12 @ 14:09
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About one mile from my house is a wonderful, 19-mile trail which follows an old rail line to another trail that can take me all the way into the city of Philadelphia. The rails-to-trails work around here is very impressive. To get there, however, I must bravely navigate a long, steep, winding hill on a road so narrow it has no yellow line painted on it. It's the kind of hill that could really use a little electric power boost. I often chicken out and just start the car. Tomorrow I'm headed out to Amish country. I'll be taking a large country road with heavy truck traffic. I know I'll be amazed as usual to see the horse-and-buggies bravely rolling down the shoulder, aggravated drivers trying to dart around them, the eyes of their nervous horses shielded from the 55-mile-per-hour danger passing them within only a few feet. They and we need a lane. It need not even be miles of blacktop; any flat, pervious surface would do. But even this seemingly simple solution seems impossible given the legal survey work that would be needed to change the endless miles of right-of-way. Bikes and cars are now sharing lanes in center city Philadelphia, but it's perilous. The bikers sometimes seem more aggressive than the drivers. Still, the simple designation of lanes has greatly increased the number of bikes...no facts and figures needed ... it's plain to see. Anyway, I will be sure to check into the electric bicycle. Thanks very much for the info!
05/11/12 @ 19:52
Comment from: Joy  
Completely sympathetic to the situation but in a different phase of life that no longer allows choices such as biking, jogging, or walking. Yes; I miss it all but have found other ways to soak in the benefit of being out-of-doors with nature. As for the 'cause' there are still means of consolidating;even while living in Jim Thorpe. I try to have at least two reasons before trekking into town. Also try to use whats in the fridge before a trip to the market. Whenever possible we will carpool to church or group meetings. There is always something we can do to contribute to the welfare of all. THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE GIVING IN TO HABIT! Whatever it takes get outside and breathe. The best things in life are free.........
05/12/12 @ 07:21
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America's vehicular system makes it very difficult to disconnect mobility from driving. My post shouldn't be taken as a call for becoming a hermit -- at any age. Thank you for pointing out the real reason for it -- the call to change our habits -- despite the adverse conditions. And thank you for suggestions on how it can be done, especially in a more rural area than my own.
05/13/12 @ 11:51
Comment from: Trish Isaak
Ruth, great ideas! I usually try to make trips in a loop and do all the errands on one day rather than one a day and when going to events our family is consious to carpool. It save gas and $$ on parking too!
05/18/12 @ 15:38
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Trish: Your habit likely saves more than you know. Thanks for sharing.
05/22/12 @ 13:45