Paul and I have launched a little two week experiment - we're going to attempt to use only one car on weekdays. This idea was born because of the parking situation at Cornell. (Number one downside to working in academia.) I have to drive a mile past my office to reach my parking lot, and then backtrack for a mile on foot.
Ithaca has a part to play in all of this. In another location, I might just go with it. But everyone here is hyper-environmentally conscious. That really makes you think about your own personal impact on the planet.
Other than driving, I have three options for getting to/from work.
1. Paul drops me off. Easiest and most convenient, except for when he wants to stay at the gym until 8 p.m. or ride his bike. Also requires being pleasant in the morning, which I'm not always good at.
2. The bus. It's a mile walk from our house to the nearest bus stop and the schedule is limited, but I'm going to give it a go.
3. My bike. It's only six miles, and I think I can get a locker at the gym. The problem with this option at the moment is that it's usually dark and the tiny country roads are REALLY dark. In a month or two, this will be a much better option.
Any bets on how long this will last?