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In which I have a(nother) new plan

If you live in Florida (or the south, really) or have visited there, you know that it's not a really pedestrian-friendly state. It's hot and humid, yes, but in the way-back days, the city planners were apparently so overwhelmed with all the untapped space that they decreed to spread OUT and not UP, as most northeastern cities did, and so getting from place to place takes forever. And half the time, there aren't sidewalks or bike paths or anything that makes it easy for people to walk around. I lived near theme parks for a good amount of time when I was in Orlando, and sometimes there weren't even sidewalks to the bus stops. Being a foreign tourist who doesn't drive must be really annoying if you go to Orlando for a visit to the theme parks.

Anyway, now that I live in a place where the weather and the general mindset is very pro-pedestrian (and cyclist), I've decided that I want to start a new challenge for myself: Car-Free Weekends. The goal is that, on the weekends, if I'm staying in town (and not going out for like, lumber, or something else large, heavy, and/or awkward to carry long distances), I'm going to walk, and not drive my car. Hopefully soon, this will also include riding a bike, but I've got to get a bike.

I can get to three different grocery stores within easy walking distance, I can access the internet at Starbucks and Sunflower market (technically, the coffee shop inside the market) across the street from my apartment, I can go visit Chrysta and Corey, and various other locations nearby. GoogleMaps predicts that Old Town is about an hour-long walk from my apartment; we'll have to work up to that one.

This mostly grew out of a desire to not put gas in my car as frequently as I have been, because I am cheap, but then I realized there's lots of other benefits, like my health, and the environment, and the life of my car, and my finances (because I'll have to really want to get out if I have to walk to certain places). Of course, tomorrow the weather could be kind of gross and nasty, although Weather Underground was predicting that today would be less than ideal, and aside from a brief rainstorm, it's been quite nice.

I love the totally random goals I set for myself.

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roniabirk
Mar. 27th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
I think that's kind of awesome. :)
grass_stained
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
gnomenapper
Mar. 27th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
I think that is a great idea! I used to love walking everyone in Vancity.. but here in NC short of spring and end of fall, the idea of melting outside holds little appeal.

grass_stained
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh I totally understand. If only the south had indoor sidewalks. :D
gnomenapper
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, apparently I walked everyone in Vancouver?

Um.. everywhere rather :P Indoor sidewalks would be lovely- would definitely help out with allergies as well.
grass_stained
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hehe I knew what you meant! ;)
myras_girls
Mar. 27th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Maybe you could take the bus, too. Like if you wanted to go to Old Town but you're not up to walking it just yet.

It'll be awesome when you get a bike- Old Town is an easy bike ride away.

Oh!! We could walk to the Cinema Saver, too. I've dropped my car off for service near the Cinema Saver and walked home. I seems far but it really was a walkable distance.
grass_stained
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
I didn't even think about taking a bus! I'll have to investigate the bus routes and schedules.

I figured the Cinema Saver was within walking distance. I walked to Chick-Fil-A today—had a craving for a caesar wrap and I knew they had wi-fi!
myras_girls
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Tia said the bus system wasn't great in FoCo- but if you're just out running errands, etc. it's probably less important to be somewhere at a certain time. Though the bus still costs a little money, it will get you further away and usually with a little walking, too.
grass_stained
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
If I have to be somewhere by a certain time, travel by car is allowed if other things get in the way of me walking to a certain place. But yeah, if I'm just going to wander around Old Town for a while, I can apparently just catch the #1 bus that runs up and down College all day.
roadrunner1896
Mar. 27th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good plan. :D

Also YAY! bike buying. Though those things got so expensive in the last 10 years since I last bought one. Well, the good ones did anyway. *sigh*

And yes, Orlando seemed weird to me with the sidewalk that ended after a mile or two and basically went nowhere. I also had hopes that I could walk around a bit while you guys worked and not spend half the days on the computer. But your system was too weird and complicated for me.

I need to walk more myself again here, though.
grass_stained
Mar. 27th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just want a simple cruiser-style bike, but even the cheapest of those is more than I have right now.

Downtown Orlando is more walkable than where Alli and I lived at the time, but even then, it's still hot and gross.
myras_girls
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
And also, I recommend checking out Recycled Cycles. It's behind B&N. They sell new and used bikes and they have great customer service.
grass_stained
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I was wondering where that place was. I'll have to check them out, I'm starting to price bikes.
dylansbuzz
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Random goals are still goals and this seems like a really good one. If you make it a habit to walk places, soon getting into a car will seem like a cheat. Good luck!
grass_stained
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
honestly_undone
Mar. 28th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
i like this idea! especially because i also hate buying gas. i wish there were more places within walking distance to where i live. my new house is closer to the gym and grocery store so maybe i will try it out after the move!
grass_stained
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Awesome! We can share tales of our car-free adventures! :D
etoilepb
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
This has nothing at all to do with your post. But!

So I was at PAX this weekend and I met up with a college friend of mine. She lives in NJ and is big into knitting, crochet, etc. I mentioned to her that I had several other friends who were also big knitters these days, and I included, "...and one who recently moved to Denver to work for a knitting magazine."

So she asked who, and I gave her your name, and got back a big, wide-eyed, "OMG! YOU KNOW HER?!"

So, be gratified: you apparently have a huge fan in New Jersey!
grass_stained
Mar. 30th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
That's just kind of nuts. Incredibly flattering, but also, nuts. :D :D :D
ewanspotter
Apr. 12th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
I envy people who are avid bikers and will bike anywhere. I know I'd be all sweaty and gross and just.... no.
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