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tamaribu in Los Angeles is doing 21 things including…

drive my car less

4 cheers

 

tamaribu has written 9 entries about this goal

Biked to hardware store

and the library. Walked to the dry cleaners. I feel totally committed to this goal.

Next version of this goal might be more specific – something public transit oriented…



carpool buddy

is leaving the company. oh no! It may be the right decision work-wise, but not promising for the carpool situation. Need to find someone who lives nearby – it’s a trek from home to work so these folks are few and far between.

There have been a bunch of new hires in the last couple of months so I have to go fishing for carpoolers (er, I mean, take the opportunity to get to know new coworkers – and see if they’d be game for ride sharing).



Museum via bus

probably ended up taking about 20-25 min extra each way door to door. I don’t know how many busriders by choice there are riding, but on a Saturday, there were very few riders period. This seemed to be causing buses to be running ahead of schedule in both directions. Ok by me, since it resulted in (relatively) speedy arrival.

Got about 1/2 way through a really great book over the course of the morning – this in itself a pretty good payback for the extra travel time.



rode the bus to

sewing today again. It’s not a bad way to go. Even managed to do an errand on the way back, picking up a new adapter for my computer without having to walk more than a block off the bus route. Urban density working in my favor!

Slightly disturbing…an older man trying to get me to ride in his car while I was waiting for the bus – IN BOTH directions (same guy, miles and hours apart). Hopefully this was just a coincidence, and not some weird stalking thing.



the big blue bus

is what I rode to sewing lessons today.

Knowing a new line is empowering and connecting – opens up a whole corridor of transit possibility.

On the way there, it was insanely fast and pleasant. I arrived about 1/2 hour early.

On the way back, there were a series of detours and traffic jams, and a disturbing pedestrian/truck accident, before paramedics arrived. Didn’t see what happened, don’t know how it turned out, the bus moved past.



carpooling

worked this week, instead of bike to work day. And it was nice to chat, and we got some good afterwork volunteering done together.

Bike status is … pending.



pedal problem

right pedal fell off my bike – it appears the threads are somehow stripped so I don’t think it’ll be easily repaired. sadness. a blow to the car less campaign.

luckily tomorrow is the weekend, and a good chance to visit the bike shop.

keeping fingers crossed.



figured out how to get to sewing lessons

via bus. I’ll try this next week.

The next phase is, to make the bike 1st transportation choice, especially within a 3 mile radius. It’s a little hard to pick up the cleaning on the bike (haven’t seen a towable hanging clothes rack to hitch onto the bike yet). But I think a lot of erranding can be achieved via bike (library, basic grocery-shopping – as long as we’re not talking major bulk purchases, post office – if not mailing giant items, movies!, more restaurants than I really need to be eating at, lots of coffee, museums too.) just making this list makes me appreciate my neighborhood more.



Carless day

I’m making one day a week – no car day – and staying within bike/walk distance from home on sundays. So far I’ve caved once in 4 weeks.



tamaribu has gotten 4 cheers on this goal.

 

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