Bicycles and public transportation alternatives
The Triple A reports that national gasoline prices in the United States have hit a record $4 a gallon.
It's getting to the point where gasoline prices have spiraled out-of-control. It's time for conservation. It's time for the law of supply and demand to take affect.
We can complain about rising prices all we want. A reduction of consumption, though, is our only real alternative.
It serves three purposes.
First, it saves money.
Second, it pushes back at the oil companies.
Third, it feels good.
When my 20 something son's friends used to visit, they'd all pull up in their cars. Today, as if they were pre-teens, most are parking their bicycles in my yard. Others are walking. And two purchased motor scooters to tool around town. I've noticed others using skateboards, not for recreation, but for transportation.
They have no choice because, as college students, they have no discretionary income to burn on fuel. The rest of us should follow their example.
Don't drive unless you have to. Take public transportation when it's available. Combine trips when running errands (make a list of what you need to do so you're not running out again). Enjoy your home and your yard if you have one. Have a bar-b-que rather than driving out to a restaurant.
These are tough economic times. But if we use our heads, we can cope. And, perhaps, make a difference in the process.
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