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 I here Austin is a great city that has been on the rise for some time now.

posted by Vermont01 on February 28, 2015 at 5:46 PM | link to this | reply

There are many bikers in Austin and I see them everywherer when I am there....also, buses and ride sharing are very popular.  Dallas has added rail transport and I see biking more and more there...in both areas, the climate helps a lot.  I love trains and think we really missed the boat when we stopped traveling my train more often.

posted by Krisles on February 28, 2015 at 3:33 PM | link to this | reply

Vermont 01

I sold my bike finally, too dangerous to ride where I live.

posted by WileyJohn on February 27, 2015 at 7:20 PM | link to this | reply

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i agree with naut and taps, having worked and lived in nyc, it was easy there to use public transportation.  and everything you would want was close by.  but now i live in a rual area and no public transportation, no bike lanes and you would not want to be on the same road as a logging truck.  

posted by jeansaw on February 26, 2015 at 5:09 PM | link to this | reply

For a long time my children lived the "bohemian" life.  They all walked or took the bus or rails.  My son lost his job and had to move into our basement for a while.  "The boy in the basement"  He thought it no lifestyle for him.  But I gave him my trouble car.  So he found a job and I found myself at home for at least 8 months.  I only drove when he or my husband were here to lend me their cars. 

Gabby is living the Army wife life with 2 cars and one motorcycle.  Meg still walks or rides the rails.  Rob finally wrecked the Flintstones mobile and got a good deal on a real car. 

I on the other hand made it payoff to give my car away.  I researched cars for 8 month till I found just the one.  Apparently everybody was doing that in 2011.  But the best rated auto for consumers like me was the Hyundai Tuscon, and I would not rest till I got it in red and for less than $20.000.  I also wanted it with leather seats as I have dogs who are a mess sometimes.  I found it and Named it Betsy. It took 4 more months to get it but, I GOT it. 

Grateful

posted by Inside_The_Purple_Purse on February 26, 2015 at 5:32 AM | link to this | reply

We have been having a lot of issues in Maryland about how to make bicycling safer. What needs to be done is to do the infrastructure. Hopefully, it happens.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on February 25, 2015 at 6:27 PM | link to this | reply

Alternate transportation is definitely not convenient where I live.  Walking is not good except in parks because the roads have ditches instead of sidewalks (also not good for bikes).  Public transportation does not come near.  So everyone drives themselves.

posted by TAPS. on February 25, 2015 at 2:58 PM | link to this | reply

Australia too but the big cities are developing small space living close to where they work. High rise with gyms and pool BBQ areas and no need to have wheels...perhaps a bike, maybe. Trouble is it is no way to bring up a family...I like your bycycle shop owner's concept.

posted by Kabu on February 25, 2015 at 11:43 AM | link to this | reply

Vermont

I agree! When it comes to public transport, both the US and Canada lag behind just about any of the Europeam countries! The reasons are many, having to do with history, political decisions, population density and other things...

posted by Nautikos on February 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM | link to this | reply

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