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Making it Work to get to Work

I think my current commute would be a model for multi-modal commuting, but I gotta admit it's hard, especially during the summer.

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I sold my car 10 months ago due to the stress of traffic and high expenses for upkeep, gas, car payments and insurance. Now I commute by a combination of bicycle and bus--mostly using our trail system to get around from my home south of Town Lake to a bus that runs hourly. I attach my bike to the bus and travel the rest of the way to work off of 2222 & Mopac (Balcones & Northland Dr.). I enjoy most of my trip along the lake, but I arrive at the bus a little sweaty. The bus only comes hourly so I am always stressed to make it at the right time or risk being late to work. The bus trip is pleasant since it has A/C and goes along a relatively straight path. All in all I am still happy I sold my car to save money for the things that I appreciate more in life. I get good daily exercise and feel like I'm contributing to the common good. I do wish there were more pedestrian/transit-only connectors across Town Lake. I also wish that our city invested more in a canopy system near pedestrian routes to make everyone's trips to public transit easier. I also am worried about someone stealing my bike if I need to pop in a store along my route. I'm considering my next investment to be an electric bike since it is a relatively affordable option. Many trails ban the use of e-bikes though and really we don't have an infrastructure that could handle and be safe for small mobility vehicles (e-bikes, mopeds, etc.) to travel. I really wish we had a designated infrastructure for those.

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George Eco , facilitating here, would like to thank you for your contribution.

By sharing your experience getting around the city, as well as how you have adapted to your changes in commuting, we can further explore the ideas you have put forth. We can hopefully inspire the innovation needed to make your current commute more efficient.

The challenge invites you to continue the conversation about the role mobility and transit are playing in relation to the things that are important to our health.