As our communities are exploring active transportation options and seek to create complete streets, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a colleague recently when I mentioned my goal of eventually not owning a car at all. She was surprised and asked how I would get around when walking or cycling wasn't an option. I provided a list of options that I have used in the past such as the bus, a taxi, and carshare. Her response was simple "Of course, there's lots of options. I guess I just hadn't thought about them before".
Her response is not unique. Our brains are very efficient and love routines. When we find something that works well for us, the brain seems content to file that away as a routine that no longer needs to be thought about. For many of us, using a car to get from point A to point B has very much become one of those routines. However, I love the fact that I am aware of, and use, a variety of transportation options. It means when the unexpected happens, like our brakes seizing on the car a few years back, or the bus getting stuck on an icy hill, that I don't need to stress. I always have a back up plan or two for how to get where I want to go.
If you're unfamiliar with the options to move around your neighbourhood, why not explore some of them this weekend. #365ofgoodWR