In May 2007, I stopped driving regularly. For me, this was a choice that I'd spent years pondering, and one that I expected might change as the weather did.
Yet, I made it through one Albany winter without driving on a regular basis. Then, I switched from working someplace where it took about 15 minutes to get to work by bus, to a location that is much less convenient to get to using public transportation. Still, I'm happy to report that I continue to make the choice not to drive almost every day each month.
Most people in the Capital Region drive regularly if they can afford it. It makes sense. It's hard to get around without a car. And so, my theory goes, there are multiple factors that contribute to a person's Quality of Life -- and a big one is the accessibility of resources.
I think it's safe to say that I'm both a Public Transportation Geek, and an advocate for reliable, affordable and faster public transit in New York's Capital Region.
Join me as I navigate our state's capital city and the beautiful surrounding region without a car and contemplate car sharing, walking with a shopping cart, and catching the bus along the way.