Living in a car-obsessed culture, how can I not feature some cool rides?
Yes, that includes the wonderful public bus. When I lived abroad for 6 years in Asia and India, with a side trip to Europe, I travelled by public transport, taxis and rickshaws – it was wonderful! Even jumping onto the backs of trucks jammed with people and livestock in SE Asia was a blast!
When I returned to Toronto, I was suffering from post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression, so I drove during the first year to avoid being around people. But eventually, I was riding the Rocket everywhere, especially as I went to my 33 jobs across the GTA – from Mississauga to Scarborough, and the Distillery District to the Granite Club, I did it all. (That’s another story that I may share at some point…)
Now, I live in car country (York Region) and the bus schedules can be crazy infrequent with poor connections, so I’m back to borrowing my mother’s car or being driven places.
Our public transportation system could really learn from Asia and Europe about speed, safety, efficiency and keeping fares/costs low.
The coolest ride of them all…
(Downtown, for a few years I rode my bicycle year-round through rain and snow. I prefer bicycles and electric scooters, but they’re not as safe as I wish. Being on 2-wheels fully exposed feels risky – especially since my cycling accident in 2006. Went through a year of rehab, 4 days a week. It was excruciating.)