Being Green: A Creative Reminder

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I love this creative way to remind people of the benefits of walking.

Read more about it here.

Do you walk/ride your bike when you can? Do you live in a city that encourages it?

For us, A car is definitely a luxury when living in Luzern and it's one that we are fine living without right now. Public transportation here is unparalleled and so easy. I ride my bike to the train station (5 min) to catch a train to the city where I work - then my office is only a 6 min. walk from there. It's so relaxing to sit back on a clean (punctual) train watching the swiss scenery pass by.
On the other hand, I do miss my car sometimes  - there is definitely a certain element of freedom (and control) when you can drive yourself around. It's always fun to go back to the US and get to drive. But on an even other hand (mutation)...It's also almost a culture shock how much time I spend in a car there... parking, getting in and out, etc just to run a few errands.

23 comments:

Gloria said...

One of the reason I love living in NYC is all the walking involved! Although this tends to change drastically on rainy/snowy days :-)

Kristen said...

So jealous of you right now. Walking is nearly impossible in California. My neighbors literally laugh when I say I'm walking to get some yogurt because we live on a big hill. I wish I didn't need a car and the giant payment that goes with it!

Edith said...

I live in Dublin and don't think I really need to be able to drive here....public transports are great and I love walking everywhere. Don't think I'll ever get a driving license ....walking for the win :)

Mat said...

oh yeah i saw this, pretty effective really.

Jamie said...

I so wish I lived some place where not having a car was an option.

Catita said...

I love being able to use my bicycle or walk to go to the supermarket but I love being able to get in my car to go to work to avoid crowded, late and stressful public transportation (not to mention cycling/waiting and walking in the rest in between the train). My bike gives me the freedom I need in the city on non-rainy days and my car gives me this same freedom everyday but at an extra cost! As long as you have the option (and luxury in The Netherlands) to switch from your bike in the city to the car to work in the highway, I think you have the best of both worlds!

Catita said...

in the rain! not the rest....

creativefashionglee said...

When I was still living in Asia, my main excercise was walking and running to go to work (Like running to the catch the bus or the sky train) and to run errands. But now here in Europe, in a city where public transportation is not very accessible, having a car is a blessing yet it also means having to walk less.

Tine said...

As I hate busses and public transport in general, I try to walk as often as I can. And every second evening I go running at the nearby lake which is my "private spa" :)

Lauren said...

I live in the country, and nothing is walkable. I've never lived in a walkable area before!

Monique said...

What a cool project. I cycle, walk, take the train and drive. I live in Bklyn near great trains but getting out to Queens to see my family, is far easier when I drive. I tried to get rid of my car but at the final hour my husband put insurance on it again, so technically it's his.

ellie said...

There is no bus transportation here. Although, the city will bus the old for a price.

In a more urban area near here..there is bus transportation yet it too is limited, to those with 9 to 5 jobs. Bike paths have been made available from the burbs..however, much mischief has happened as of late. People being shot by paint balls and even someone got hung in a wire trap that was almost deadly.

So yeah, we got a few quirks to work out.

I'm kind of glad I can drive. But I do walk to work sometimes, in milder weather.

Christianna said...

This is so cool! I want to be a part of something like this!

I have to drive almost everywhere though...

LyddieGal said...

I wouldn't mind living somewhere I didn't need a car. Traffic is so stressful!!
But, I suppose the independence is kinda nice.
Chic on the Cheap

Jess said...

That is an awesome idea!!

Ans said...

I don't have a car so I rely on public transport, unfortunately no so reliable like the Swiss one!!
xxx

She Wore It Well said...

australia is definitely a car country. i do miss living in europe hugely where the public transport is so good. here it's not very frequent (30 minutes or more).. it's above ground, including the station so it's freezing and it's scary and unreliable...haha

when you get time, can you please send me your postal addresss... would love to send you something the new arrival! xo

rooth said...

My city is getting a bit more conducive to walking and biking but it's really absurd to try and get around without a car. I do love the convenience of having one and I enjoy driving. But traffic is SUCH a pain sometimes

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I'm the same and we don't have a car here. I find it pretty great not to have to deal with driving but do miss the "get up and drive" freedom. Oh well, i'm cool with the train and cabs now!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Hollie said...

I love this! but bleh.. I have to drive 40 minutes to get to school, and I can't even walk to the grocery store without taking the risk of being killed by a crazy driver, because we don't have sidewalks. I wish I didn't even have to have a car, because I hate the pollution factor and the oil industry. Some day!

Ashley said...

Since I've been in London, I think I've already walked about 4 miles in a day and a half. haha! It makes me realize how lazy I am in America :)

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

Love this idea and what you wrote along with it. I never had a car of my own and loved the freedom that came with having public transportation available at every turn in London. I need to get used to riding bikes in busy cities and start riding my bike at university. And hi, Krystal! Sorry for being m.i.a. all this time :/

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Agreed!

I drive the girls to school because there's no way we'd get there on time every day if we took the train, since they go to school in Zurich. But when we have time to get places we just take the train, and even when I spend the day in Zurich I just park the car near their school and take the tram until it's time to pick them up.

Sascha and I even take the train for most of our date nights! less time spent driving and parking, more time to eat, walk around and have fun :-)

I love that Switzerland has such awesome public transportation!

 

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