Six people transforming the way they travel
by Ros Jarvis
I’ve had a wee cough – or at least that’s my excuse! And I still have it, which is more than can be said for my bike. Why should the parts be so difficult to come by, especially when I’m trying to prove how sustainable I am?
Fortunately I didn’t have to do much last week which involved getting about, but – confession time again – when I did, I just took the car, either because I wasn’t feeling great, or else because I can’t help associating walking with leisure, or else because I felt time was important.
The one day when I took public transport (and, yes, the car to reach it), the decision was entirely pragmatic. I had an all day meeting in Glasgow, starting at 9am. The most sensible way to get to it was by train and since the meeting involved several venues, ending in a different place from where we started, that meant I could get the bus back to Milngavie to pick up my car. And that was nothing to do with sustainability. The bad news was that I got on the wrong bus, and once I realised I was on my way to Drumchapel, I had to get off and walk back to where I could get the right bus, thinking all the while that if only I had my car, life would be so simple – and comfortable.
Which all goes to show how difficult it is – for me, at least – to break the mould, especially when you are in a hurry, or have a sore throat, or you have a lot to carry, or it’s raining. And in those circumstances, I wouldn’t have been inclined to use my bike, even if I had it.
On the other hand, if the powers that be were more concerned about encouraging safe cycling or safe walking, where car drivers tend not even to notice other road users, the whole transport culture might change, and being sustainable might become easier.
Do I sound pathetic? At least the other bloggers don’t all find it plain sailing!