As we anticipate the arrival of light rail transit in our region this spring, let's take a look at Brent Toderian's 6th resolution for cities. It states: Take public transit whenever you can, and while you’re at it, look around at and engage with the real, honest humanity on display that you’re usually blind to when you’re behind the windshield.
I have long been a user of public transit from my first independent ride as a tween in the small town I grew up in (a ride which ended in me getting lost and riding the entire route not once, but twice, before finding my stop!) When I moved to the region as a university student, I remember studying the paper maps and schedules to figure out my best options. After taking route 12 all the way from near Conestoga Mall to get out to Fairview Mall (taking well over an hour), I was quick to research more direct options!
I still use transit these days but now that I live in the core, I find riding my bike or walking tend to be my main ways to get around the region. However, for those longer trips (or really bad weather days) it's important to have transit as an option.
My favourite way to experience the enjoyment of using transit, is to bring young children along with you! I always enjoyed bringing my niece and nephew on the bus and their excitement to ride the bus really was contagious. Check out #GreatThingsThatHappenedOnTransit for more examples of why many of us really do enjoy using transit. If you haven't rode the bus lately, find your favourite little humans and hop on board this week! #365ofgoodWR