01 April 2006

Cars Suck.

Oh, yes they do.

We spent the bulk of the day waiting for repairs to be done on our front turn signals. Within moments of hubby driving away from the repair shop, the left turn signal burnt out AGAIN (third time in under 2 years, but this is a record for brief life of the bulb). So obviously it's not the bulb. Hubby phoned them back and complained, saying he would bring it in again on Monday. If they can't fix it, we'll take it elsewhere. Grrrr.

As a matter of fact, transportation sucks. On campus they are agressively reducing parking that is anywhere near a building. I understand it's part of their "green initiative" -- which is all fine and good if their workers could afford to live near the campus. They want more people taking the bus -- which I do, more than half the time -- but just to piss me off, they are also moving the bus stop FURTHER away from the building where I work.


Really makes me want an electric bike*. Or a scooter. Or a hybrid car. Or one that runs on biodiesel.

Or to quit working. Yeah. That's it. :)

tags: car culture, transportation, transit, alternate transportation.

*hey whadddayaknow, ICBC defines an electric bike as a Motor Assisted Cycle (MAC). Rules for "safe operation" are on their site. MACs do not require a Motor Vehicle Lisence. This compares to scooters and motorcycles under 50 cc which are considered Limited Speed Motorcycles; LSMs require a Lisence, but not necessarily a motorcycle class lisence. Anything over 50cc requires a motorcycle class lisence. Unless you are a tourist.


Tim said...

The monthly (bus) superpass also just went up $5. Not enough to induce abject poverty, but still a pain, especially since it's only a hike in the pass -- the single-rider fares haven't risen yet. Considering how many people people use passes now, they could actually keep raising the cost until it was only marginally cheaper than single-pay.

Zézette said...

Tim, you just reminded me of an astonishing thing I learned on Friday. I've decided to switch to a monthly bus pass myself. I've not done this before, having been happy with dailies until now. Not only did I have to go to a *train station* to buy the monthly *bus pass*, but had to fill out an *application form* in order to get one. That's right, I had to apply to buy a bus ticket. Paper me in astonishment.

Stepping aside from that fascinating detour into Life In Brisbane, I am totally with you, Cheryl: green initiatives have my full support, but along with giving us those handy disincentives to drive cars, they need to facilitate the means to get oneself from A to B. But then, if certain bus routes don't pull a dollar, they can them. These "initiatives" are often little more than good publicity and a means for the authorities to spend a little less.

Zézette said...

Forgot to mention the best bit -- you hit it on the head, Cheryl: quit working.

The government would do well to pay everyone the wage appropriate to their particular skill level to stay at home. Instant decrease in gas emissions, and just think of the savings in road maintenance and so on. (And our cost of living would be lower because we could go without those expensive work clothes.) Why, they'd be making money from the scheme! Brilliant!