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Take an Alternate Form of Transportation

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Alfie Chambers

Using alternative methods of transportation is certainly NOT what I am doing at maximum capacity, however this is a reflective and proactive piece on what is was like to solely rely on the subway system, and how I will quit driving my 15 year old VW down and around this beautiful California coastline...

soon. sorry Earth.

I recently lived in NYC for 5 years, and of those five years, I spent the last 3 years relying on the occasionally unreliable subway system. Unreliable at times, but guaranteed to be functioning in some capacity past midnight. The only other vehicles I knew of were either yellow, or town car black. I rarely took the bus system because the subways were always so near, and if not, you probably could walk! I never thought I'd miss it so much. I never realized how fit and healthy I had become. Until I moved west..

Fast forward to modern day Oakland, and you will find this transplant abandoning her once active public transpo' lifestyle for that of comfort and convenience. Ahh, blame the sunshine.

I also no longer live in a city where the public transportation system fits my affinity for equally interesting neighborhoods in walking distance, my living arrangements and my career. The BART is costly and while it may be reliable, it is not practical. It doesn't extend to many neighborhoods, and can someone tell me why it only functions until midnight-ish in SF?!

I digress.

So, I've decided to get a motorcycle. Not as safe, but definitely better for the environment (karate kick those excessive co2 emissions!), cost effective (8$ to fill my tank!) and no more parking woes. It's a win-win.


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