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Jul - General Chat - Daily Poll #5: Transportation
  
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setz
Posts: 93/98
I have a license and drive when I can, but currently walk/bus everywhere because I'm broke as shit.
Kak
Posts: 1746/1748
I'm in that oddball zone where I technically have a driver's license, but I don't have any car I can legally drive thanks to some arbitrary limits on how powerful a car a "newbie" can drive.

dammit


In other words, what I can do is usually go either by bus or by train. The bike is only really used sometimes for fun; never for going to school.
shibs
Posts: 18/19
I drive, been driving for a few years now, I have driven hours to other kinds of states and places, all that shiz.

I can see why people would be led not to drive, because it is pretty scary driving at ~60MPH with almost a ton of metal going down the road.
StapleButter
Posts: 481/483
Originally posted by Ninji
I refuse to drive -- it's expensive, parking in central Glasgow is impossible, and the idea of being responsible for a massive moving chunk of metal freaks me out.

highfive

driving is stressful

not to mention that it contributes to global warming, which is getting real bad. unless you can afford one of those electrical vehicles.


my place has a tram network which is generally working well, and that's what I use to travel around. there is also a bus network by the same operator, mostly completing the tram network, but I rarely ever need to take a bus.

I also use a bike, which I originally got when I arrived in the town because the hotel I had booked was absurdly far away from anything.

I prefer biking on sidewalks tho, which isn't always convenient. but biking among cars is stressful and dangerous with all the cars trying to overtake you. similarly, traffic laws that apply on the road feel restrictive when you're riding a bike. I feel closer to a pedestrian than a car when doing so.
Ninji
Posts: 1995/1995
I refuse to drive -- it's expensive, parking in central Glasgow is impossible, and the idea of being responsible for a massive moving chunk of metal freaks me out.

The subway is great but serves a limited range of areas, and costs £2.80 for a day's travel. Rail services are pretty good (and usually cheaper than the subway) but I often end up going to places that aren't served by convenient train stations.

Glasgow buses are a complete disaster: there's three main operators with different ticketing schemes (so an "all day" McGill's ticket isn't valid on First Bus, etc), most of the routes wind up being really inefficient, real-time tracking is non-existent. I refuse to use them unless I absolutely have to.

And this is why I ended up getting a bicycle. I can get to places faster than buses, it's free, I don't have to deal with tickets, and I'm not bound to fixed schedules. When I'm done shopping I can just jump on and ride home, rather than having to wait an indefinite amount of time for a bus that'll most likely be late.

One of the journeys I make pretty often is to Braehead (an out-of-town retail park about 7 miles / 11km away). It takes me about 45 minutes to cycle there. In theory, one of the express bus services can do it in 20 minutes. In practice, it'll take me 10 minutes to walk to the bus station, then I'll have to get on the appropriate bus and wait for it to leave. The last time I tried taking a bus there, the first bus I tried to take had a notice posted that it wasn't going to stop at Braehead (even though it was scheduled to do so) so I had to wait another 15 minutes for a different one. Welp, there's the time advantage gone.
Kawaii-e
Posts: 94/106
I prefer to go by train, but half the time, I have to commute with this for 10 Minutes and walk another 8 for the 13 Minute journey I could have had by train.

But the big irony about all of this, I then drive arround for 8+ hours with this and similar things.
Rambly
Posts: 1845/1894
i literally just walk everywhere because i have no other choice. i don't have a car, my girlfriend won't let anyone drive hers (for good reasons), and i don't have a driver's license anyway (just a state ID -- yeah, seriously)

you figure i'd be skinnier but also i don't do nearly as much walking as i should cuz my girlfriend chauffeurs me around a lot too when she's home

i have a bike but i haven't really used it much because i don't really trust myself with it cuz i haven't rode a bike since i was a kid. also it has some problems with the tires that prolly need fixing, and i don't have a helmet rn. essentially i don't write it cuz i was lazy/depressed most of last year and i should prolly try to start using it soon cuz it'd be a billion times faster than walking
Orlandu
Posts: 5901/5907
I drive my own vehicle. My wife has the sensible SUV that has room for all 5 of us (3 kids now). I pay more per month for my car than I care to admit but it's a fun drive. Public transportation would take me about an hour or more to get to work each day. Biking would also take quite a while.
Tarale
Posts: 1101/1615
I mostly get around by public transport, particularly the O-Bahn. That's a guided bus, that travels along a concrete track/rail kind of thing for some of its journey (and is a regular bus the rest of the time). Because it doesn't have to deal with traffic, it's pretty quick. I also catch the tram from time to time.

I used to walk a lot more, and I'm starting to get back into it… at least to the shops and back most mornings.
Zero One
Posts: 5102/5133
It is useful if I have something I can be working on in that hour and a half, like reading one of my various books on games development, but it's really a case of me trying to recover some portion of my afternoon/evenings, and not having to get up really early. I can handle a 4:30am start and getting back in at 6pm 5 days a week, but if I'm not so reliant on buses, I can switch to more normal hours.

I suppose I could take my laptop with me and try doing some Unity/Unreal work. I can guarantee I'll have the ability to do that on the mornings. Since it's a University bus route, I won't be able to do that on the way back, but I'd probably be too tired to do it anyway.
Xkeeper
Posts: 22579/23358
A 1h30m commute may not actually be that bad if it's by bus, especially if the converse is 45 minutes of your own driving. Consider using that time to catch up on things you'd like to do (play games, read, write, etc.)

Driving for that long is kind of exhausting and it means that you can't do anything.


E: An alternative is a park-and-ride, if you can cut out a significant chunk of your commute. Driving 1/3 or 1/2 of the distance and then taking the bus for the rest might give you the best of both worlds, depending on how it ends up working out.
Zero One
Posts: 5097/5133
I get a bus to and from work. Unfortunately, it's an hour 30+ each way, which isn't the greatest thing in the world. Next thing for me to do is to learn how to drive and get a car, so I can cut my commute in half. Conveniently, with my Dad working for Arriva who do the buses over here, I haven't had to pay for a bus in over a decade!
Nicole
Posts: 6394/6429
Originally posted by StapleButter
Originally posted by Nicole
Also I drive and I really, really hate it and want to watch my car get crushed. I'm fine, I swear.

Can relate. I don't have a car, mostly because I couldn't afford one (or could maybe, but it's not a priority). I have never driven after getting my license (which I only got because mom wanted it).

This was the story of my life all the way up until 2016 when I got a job in the suburbs... then I pretty much had no choice but to get a car.
StapleButter
Posts: 461/483
Originally posted by Nicole
Also I drive and I really, really hate it and want to watch my car get crushed. I'm fine, I swear.

Can relate. I don't have a car, mostly because I couldn't afford one (or could maybe, but it's not a priority). I have never driven after getting my license (which I only got because mom wanted it).
Nicole
Posts: 6393/6429
In Boston trolleys (or trams for our European friends) go in the (one particular) subway. So adding a separate option for trams would have led to confusion :p

Also I drive and I really, really hate it and want to watch my car get crushed. I'm fine, I swear.
OPStellar
Posts: 4/54
I have two carbon-fiber longboards. One is a Rift Rocket, the other is a 121C Aileron. I need to get the 121C Rover for stunt skating and later get the Afterburner, currently in the kickstart stage.
Don't forget roller skates and scooters.
Dorito
Posts: 2952/3008
Originally posted by Shadic
I bike to work at least half of the time, and drive the rest. Voted bike just to give it some representation.

biking represent! I live 5 miles from the office so I can just bike there in the mornings and shower and have breakfast at work--even if it's raining, I have bags to cover my backpack and clothes bag if needed.

I sweat stupid easy so I drive mostly everywhere else, or walk if I'm feeling motivated and have a need to catch up on podcasts.

if I'm smart about biking to work consistently and only driving if I really need to, I can go pretty long without having to refuel:



the public transit system around the SF Bay Area isn't too great--the best parts are the two train systems we have here, caltrain/bart, supplemented by a light rail around the southern bay area (san jose/silicon valley)
RanAS
Posts: 283/398
The trains in here are actually very nice, even though they're still being modernized (takes ages for any of these public projects to complete). Unfortunately that's only useful for traveling between cities which I don't do very oftenly. For traveling around my own city, I usually either walk if it's close by or take the bus if it's not that close by. The terrain over here is so irregular, I'm sure some of you could mistake a bus ride for a moderate rollercoaster at times. Seriously.
Sponty
Posts: 11002/11067
Well I can't ride a bike, so mainly I drive. Once in a while I'll walk somewhere just to switch it up (and everything in town is within a half hour's walk) but otherwise yeah.
Shadic
Posts: 6828/6880
I bike to work at least half of the time, and drive the rest. Voted bike just to give it some representation.
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