Wahoo! I agree. I sold my car in June of this year and couldn't be happier
with the decision. I walk, bike and ride the bus. It feels great to start and
end my work day with a walk or bike ride. Plus, it feels like a got a huge raise
this year, ditching the car saves so much money. I also don't have the
driving in an inversion guilt anymore.
Obviously lasaurus is young. I'm near retirement and can't ditch my
car. I don't have the health to do all that walking. And, we have no bus
service near our home. When I was younger and living overseas I took buses all
the time. Now, I can't lift the groceries or drag a heavy cart onto a bus.
I just try to drive less during the inversions.
I agree with the premise of this article. Biking promotes cardiovascular health,
less expense (no car payments, no insurance, don't have to worry what it
says at the pump) , etc. That said. I got my license
when I was 32. Almost double the national average from most Americans at 16. So
my contributions to the inversions is pretty much nothing. 2) *'EPA inventory shows Utah's sources of greenhouse gas'
- By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - 02/05/13 - Published by the Deseret News 'WASHINGTON — The nation's power plants continue to be the
single largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to new
information released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.' (sic) In Utah, 14 power plants are responsible for 75 percent of the
state's direct greenhouse gas emissions, releasing 33 million metric tons.
' Majority of the air quality issues have never been from
individual citizens. Utah promotes jobs and industry… at the expense, of the lives and well being of it's citizens.
I suppose the timing of this piece is tied to the current temperature inversion
and smoggy conditions in Salt Lake, but with the ice and snow on the streets and
bike paths right now cycling is more likely to end a person's life than
extend it. Maybe it should be re-cycled in the spring.
Response to No One of Consequence: I am 69 years old and commute by bike almost
every day on the streets of Salt Lake, and find them remarkably clear of snow
and ice. It does not feel any more dangerous now than at any other time of
year. In fact if conditions cause motorists to slow down, it is actually a
safer time to ride. You can add studded tires to your bike to assist in icy and
snowy conditions. Although I have gone down a few times when going too fast for
the conditions, my concerns have more to do with motorists losing control of
their vehicles under slippery conditions.