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Take the bus, save $10 grand each year

It’s rather ironic that I’m blogging about taking public transportation, since this is the environmental change with which I struggle the most.

This year I made a commitment to take the bus to work at least once a week. I’m keeping that vow, but only barely. All the usual excuses…it’s hard to coordinate my schedule, I have to carry outreach supplies with me, I’ve got stuff to do before and after work, blah, blah, blah. None of them are as important as the reasons why I should.

Today’s story in Tree Hugger is just one more reason why:

…The average American who takes public transit saves a staggering $9,240 a year….The finding comes from a recent study by the American Public Transportation Association, which compiled the average costs of parking, gas, and tolls each year. They’ve come up with a comprehensive savings report that shows how much a rider saves in the 20 top cities for public transit….

We had an EnAct orientation this past weekend at the Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ on Madison’s west side. We asked people what environmental actions they do that make them proud, and which ones they’d like to improve. I was inspired yet again by folks who have gone to one car or who regularly use public transportation, and I admitted my own failings. Confession, church, it just felt right.

Anyway, it isn’t always easy being green, as Kermit the Frog told us so many years ago. (Hey, did you know that there is a Muppet Wiki? But I digress.)

I’m going to keep trying to get my butt on the bus. Because, really, couldn’t we all use an extra $10 grand in our pocket at the end of the year? I thought so.

Be green. Have fun. Get on the dang bus! (That last sentence is directed to me.)

Maria

January 26, 2010 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

CNN asks: Could you go car free?

Today CNN posted a link to Ireport.com asking people to go car-free for one day. Could you do it? WOULD you do it?

We all know that Americans love their cars. But did you know that the average car spends 95% of its time parked? Seems like a big waste of money!

Today CNN posted a link to Ireport.com asking people to share stories about their car-free life. As you’ll see, lots of people can and do live a car-free (or at least car-lite!) life.

Here’s my story: I started working for EnAct 3 weeks ago and decided to try commuting by bike. I haven’t been on a bike in many years and I’m not a very confident rider. But our office is close to my home and there is a bike path most of the way, so I’m giving it a whirl. My co-workers made it easier by showing me the optimal route through the streets surrounding the capitol, which is where our office is located. I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy it—the fresh air, the slow pace, even that final push up the hill are all good. AND I’m saving on gas, wear and tear on my car, and parking fees. Trust me when I say that if I can do it, ANYONE can.

EnAct, Madison Environmental Group, and Community Car will celebrate World Car Free Day on September 22. Drop by if you are in the neighborhood! And if you have a car-free story to tell, post it on Ireport.com…let’s represent Madison!

- Maria

September 2, 2009 at 6:18 am Leave a comment


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