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Whether you normally drive, bike, walk, segway, skateboard, or take the bus, it's always good to change it up, especially if you drive.

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Stories (18)

  • jlesmore

    Author of book, Raise the Flag: Lean Thy Arms rides many miles on bicycle while camping outside and he writes stories and publishes this book while he camps in a tent along a river until the rednecks raise hell and the flood waters encircle his camp, so he must leave for a change of scenery. For a preview go to the author's website www.jamesmorebooks.com buy and read this book.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I recently have been taking the metro to events and I love exploring LA knowing that I can walk from station to station. It's peaceful, you meet interesting characters, and you get exercise.

  • Jelena Woehr

    This is my alternate form of transportation. Taking it back to the nineteenth century... Seriously though, horseback riding is a great way to explore local open spaces. And, all the horses pictured are adoptable at a local rescue organization, so getting out on the trails with them means a better chance of their finding a new home soon, by exposing them to potential adopters.

  • Bill Stefanacci

    I've been a committed bicycle commuter my whole life: Car=pollution, oil wars, fat, congestion, expense. Bike=clean air, health, fitness, easy parking, no fuel cost. DUH!

  • Amber

    In January I donated my car to our local NPR affiliate in Atlanta, WABE. In the six months since I've hardly missed it at all. Sure, occasionally I catch a ride with a friend, but mostly I ride my bike or take MARTA (our mass transit system) or BOTH since bikes are allowed on trains and buses have front bike racks. I initially began commuting by bicycle due to the triple benefit to my health, my planet, and my pocketbook. Honestly though the thing that KEEPS me biking is the simple joy I feel from propelling myself with my own energy and the increased connection I feel to my community. There is so much more to see when you are going bike speed: street art, the architectural details of buildings, birds, flowers, neighbors smiling and waving. Riding a bike makes me feel really alive and fully present in my environment.

  • Kayla Anthony

    I did it today! Glorious bike ride to work. Thanks for reminding me that it's nice to change it up.

  • 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.

  • Baxter Farabaugh

    Took a ride on a subterranean metro rail for the first time in LA. I was accompanying a friend on their first time commute to a new job. Such a great alternative to commuting solo on the freeway, more economical and easier on the Earth as well! I even ran into a former colleague during the ride; it was so serendipitous seeing them and the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I'm starting to bike around my city. Here's a shot of me when I lived in Ghana for seven months and biked, hitched a ride on a motorbike, or took the trotos (i.e. mini buses) everywhere. This is what I need to live up to. More biking and public transportation!

  • aditya thakur

    I have never owned a standard form of transportation. I do own a bicycle and I want to start touring on it. When I was a kid I had dreams of one day owning a motorbike but now this desire conflicts with my principles and I struggle. I've managed to not buy a motorcycle till now but the desire hasn't gone away. Since I work from home I don't need the daily commute. When I have to go out, I usually just walk. I walk longer distances than most normal people would. I live in the Himalayas and walking here is a great way to stay very fit. When I have to travel far I take a bus. Cycling lets me appreciate great views for longer. Walking helps me meet great dogs.

  • Serge Lubomudrov

    I started using bicycle as my primary way of transportation soon after I learned to ride at an advanced (hee-hee) age of 46. Not only to work and back, mind you: all of a sudden, everything was in easy reach! Chicago public transport is OK, but where it would take me an hour or more to get to but bus and or train (plus some walk), I'd be there in 15–20 minutes by bike. Whoa!
    And then, I found yet another use for biking: local craft beer exploration (http://www.facebook.com/cbeeres). Me and a few friends, dedicated to both activities, like to visit breweries that popping up within and all around Chicago.
    If nothing else, bikes and beer will, hopefully, save the U.S. economy!

  • Chelsea Spann

    I learned to ride a bike when I was twelve. It was late for most kids, but I remember staying up on my first try. Maybe I didn't know until I tried? In any case, with it I had a problem of aiming for objects in the road rather than going around them. Fear of hitting a person? I would somehow swerve toward them. Fast forward to present day when GOOD received bikes from Linus (thank you Linus) to use/borrow/give away. We decided to take a quick jaunt to the food trucks - via bike. My childhood fears of "can I get up and stay up on this bike" and "what if I hit a person" came right back up. Riding on Wilshire at lunch hour to LACMA only increased that fear. Luckly, I was among friends, I was welcomed with a wide sidewalk (and a helmet), and didn't make one hit. I conquered a fear and took an alternate form of transportation.