Car-Free Diet Skeptics Blog

Day 15: Foot-lose

May 5th, 2011 by Kyle

What an eventful week! I dropped a huge surprise on the Car-Free Community that will up my ante in the challenge (watch the video for details on that one). Also, I got my last correspondence from the DC Department of Transportation. After 6 months of reading my 2 page letter, they finally dismissed my last parking ticket! No more dealing with the District!

And good riddance suckas!

Additionally, I got to go out for a ride on the Custis Trail. I had no idea it was so scenic and picturesque. I thought all of the trees in this city had been cut down years ago! Now I know that they are just being saved for those that can appreciate them more.

Additionally, the trail links everything in the Arlington Corridor. You can start in Rosslyn and find off-ramps along the way for Courthouse, Clarendon, Ballston, etc. Eventually, it links up with the W&OD Trail if you want to go farther. It’s like an Bicycle Expressway (which I’m using for my next band name). When I finally got off, I was near an ART stop and got to secure my bike to a bus. Not only was this the first time I’d done this, it was the first time I’d seen a bike secured to a bus. A woman who I spoke with later assumed that I paid extra for it.Clearly, people need to be taking more advantage of this.

However, this week came with a major caveat. I ended up injuring an ankle during a basketball game, rendering me on crutches for a few days. Walking and biking were not options, so the bus would be my mode of transportation.

Nope. This is not some fat lady's ankle. It's mine.

I got to experience Car-Free living in a new fashion: one without a foot. There were some problems (Metro elevators aren’t always the most dependable). However, it was not as bad as I thought. The bus drivers were courteous and willing to wait until my crippled self could sit down. People were always willing to give up their seat on the metro. My biggest complaints were really the 100 foot stretches between stops. Ultimately, if a one-legged man can do this, you can too!

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