Godstud wrote:1) I work as a Safety Coordinator at a plant, which is not a menial labourer position. My job starts at 6AM.
2) Bus routes END @15km from the Industrial park and don't even run at regular hours. The bus route only STARTS running at 7AM, and ends at 11AM. So much for public transport.
3) Weather aside, I cannot even bike 1km due to nerve damage in my back. I lived in Edmonton. I know the weather there, smartass.
So how would YOU get to this job? If you say you wouldn't take it, then you are obviously selfish and short-sighted. You'd not rob your children of food and shelter just so you could be self-righteous, would you? Climb off your bullshit soap box and try to be realistic. Your food, and amenities are brought to YOU by automobiles, so you're not blameless.
Truthers love the truth, but hate the facts.
1)I don't see how your job being a 'menial labourer position' or not would impact your need for transportation to and from it.
2) Bus routes ENDED quite far from the Industrial Park I referred to as well. No bus ran through the area I needed to get to, so I would get off at the closest transit station, pick up my shitty bike that I left locked up there, and take it the rest of the way. Edmonton being the not-so-friendly city it is towards cyclists, I did the unforgivable and took the sidewalks, but they were empty anyway since hardly anyone bothers walking or cycling in that city as it is. This was in the middle of winter, as well. Shockingly, I always made it to work on time.
So much for your excuses about public transport. People in this city (Montreal) regularly commute distances equal to or exceeding 15 km one way, (and back again) every day.
Not to mention that bus routes are very much based on demand...and if no one is making their need known, the lie of 'no demand' is left to act as the truth.
3) That sucks. So have you already bought a Prius, or is that on your xmas wish list? Because nerve damage or no, you have a responsibility to reduce your emissions, especially if you choose to continue working and living so far away from better modes of transportation.
I am well aware how my goods are provided to me. None of which has anything to do with commuter vehicles. Since commuter vehicles provide me with no benefit, it is commuter vehicles I wish banned. I would like ground transport to be augmented (and eventually replaced for long distances) with rail transportation. Delivery vehicles would have to bring in good from the trainyards, but with commuter vehicles gone, this would still be an extremely reduced amount of pollution...not to mention that I would also support strict enforcement of emissions standards on these vehicles.
This would absolutely result in a higher cost for goods and services, which I would willingly pay in order to not have the residents of my city exposed to cancer (and other disease) causing emissions.
The selfish, are those who ignore all of these possibilities in favour of the 'comfort' and 'convenience ' of their self-chosen commuter-based lifestyles.
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