I use the hip, fresh and contemporary method of traveling - my own two feet.Revolutionary, I know.
In a world where everything is rapidly accelerating and people are taking pride in how busy they are and how little time they have, it might as well be revolutionary.
as a person who lives in a space that is so spaced out that, were I to walk everywhere I need to go, I would spend more time in transit than I wish I had for sleeping, (I speak from the experience of having done just this), I tend to use two vehicles: a bike hobbled together from a frame that survived a house fire, several pieces scavenged from a third hand bike (whose frame had serious ice damage), and a few other bits from, well, 'around', and a nice pair of hiking boots. and of course when its not too cold out, and my destination is not such that I need the bike, I forgo them both and simply go.
I can't afford cars or things like that. I use public transport a lot because at least you can sometimes get a free ride if you know how. My bike was stolen but I would like a new one, one day I'll save up and get one
I only really walk for my commute to work, tbh. Everything else is so spread out that it would be very unwise to not have a vehicle of some sort
i am still too scared to try driving. i don't understand how everyone seems so okay with it
Highways are major arteries. Streets are blood vessels. Cars are blood cells. The peoples in them are hemoglobin? The cities are the organs, countries are systems. The planet the organism?
and where does that leave me, biking through the woods and on the edges of a street? the parasite? the virus ? the cancer cells spreading slowly through the organizm, so far benign, but perhaps with a sinister future?>>1262
yes gosh this so much very a lot
My behavior really changed when I moved away from home. At home, I always took the car to get to my job or go shopping etc. Now that I study I live in a small town (maybe 10 000 habitants) and I never use my car (I don't even own it any longer).
I can walk to the uni and grocerie stores quickly and if I want to drive home I can use the train and bus for free. I really enjoy it, it's so much better than driving myself.
living in the boston-baltimore I95 megalopolis. i have a used 04 impreza. i work on it myself as much as i can, so it's pretty cheap to own. driving is fun; i don't think i'd ever give it up unless i had to.
I'm not okay with it. Just gotta.
I longboard everywhere presently. To and from college, as well as for errands like laundry or buying groceries. I've had my board for about four years now. Bought it off of Craigslist used for $75. It's a medium-length Sector 9 with Sidewinder trucks.
A month after I first got it, I left my garage door open after returning home and heading inside to do something and this soykafhead who lived on the block opposite mine stole it, crudely painted the bottom the worst shade of soykaf-brown imaginable, and fucked up the griptape trying to paint over the Sector 9 logo on the top. I was putting "LOST LONGBOARD" flyers up around my neighborhood a few days later when he rolled around the corner on it, said "Oh! Hi! I found your board!" and gave it back to me. I didn't even believe him at first, said he was joking, but he was adamant about giving it back. Turns out, it was this fuckstick from one of my classes at the nearby high school who also lived nearby. So, I sanded down and applied some sort of paint remover to the bottom, getting rid of the paint and the original artwork that was on it, then and had the griptape replaced. It looks so plain now compared to when I first got it, which makes me super happy. Been through two sets of wheels and a few sets of bearings in the years since, naturally.
Longboarding is infinitely more convenient than bicycling. Bikes are a pain in the ass to lock up whenever you want to go into some place, and they don't leave your hands free. But longboards can be carried with you easily, and leave your hands free to do other things while boarding, like tie your shoes, or talk on the phone, or reply to text messages, or smoke cigarettes, or vape THC, or carry laundry to the laundromat, or groceries home from the store. They're also waaaay easier to mount and dismount. I know it doesn't seem like much, but being able to go from walking to rolling to walking fluidly at a moment's notice can come in handy, especially once you really become acquainted with the weight and feel of your board and know exactly how to let it fall out of your hand and have the wheels land flatly on the ground, or how to hop off of it and catch it under your hand and transition to walking in an instant. I carry my board with me practically everywhere and use it to replace walking whenever possible. It's so fucking handy. I've fallen off of it here and there over the years, but after the first few times you get used to it and instinctively learn how to react in a harm-minimizing way, and it just becomes a minor inconvenience you can recover from without missing a beat. Eventually you also learn to jump off as soon as you feel you've hit something and are about to fall, which is nice.
Been through two sets of griptape, too. Had this dark-ish green one on for the first two years after having to get the original replaced, then replaced that with black two years ago. The stickers on the bottom have varied, too, but I quickly learned to not give a fuck about them as they always get peeled off when I go over curbs.
Also, not getting water, dirt, or sand in the bearings is something I have to be really careful about. And cleaning them semi-regularly, which I admittedly don't do nearly as much as I should.
I skateboard (not longboard) + bus combo everywhere.
I live in a busy city running deliveries on a Yamaha Cygnus. It puts some excitement in my life. Its hectic out there. It also gives me an excuse to wear armour whenever I leave the house. Saw some guys fighting in the street earlier. Wearing this protects me from the maniacs as well as the road.
Hiro is that you? Seriously though, it sounds kind of neat.
I tend to just plain walk, use public transportation or bike. I can't get myself to trust ridesharing.
Bike & Feet©. I hate public transports, and biking inside a 25km~ perimeter is faster anyway.
I'd like to get a motorized vehicle to travel where a bike couldn't do it anymore but I'm stuck between getting my driver license for a car and getting all the financial trouble associated with owning one or driving a (small) motorbike and leaving the relative safety and comfort a car provides.
This very evening a woman crashed just in front of my house, damaging at least two parked cars and another driving one. They all waited outside for HOURS until a tow truck could get their fucked vehicles, one at a time. Every time I bike in town I see people crashing their cars live or on the verge of fighting when it already happened. It's as much of huge money waster as it is stress inducing. I have the idea a motorbike would keep me safe from most of those situations, but I'm surely wrong
Im saving up to fix my car but ive also been thinking of buying a pedalling bike to get around, since without my car i havent left the house much. Then again, i live in a city with suvs and trucks so i dont want to get runover
Yeah, ride sharing as its generally implemented just weirds me out. Especially the dependence on phone apps, which in turn means dependence on either Google or Apple. Walk or transit for me. Fortunately in my city, that's actually practical.
The only ride share platform that I might use is Libretaxi. It was developed by a dude in Russia to organise carpooling and shopping trips for his neighbours in a small Siberian town.
Public transportation around here is soykaf. A 15 min trip in a car takes an hour using the bus. Plus missing a bus or the bus being late makes it an even longer trip