Monday, April 5, 2010

looks like somebody forgot about us...

The recent service cuts to the RTA don't affect me nearly as badly as someone living on Madison or Wade Park because I drive to the Rapid station, for me it's more of an inconvenience than anything else. The way things are going, I'll wait around longer and get home later. Instead of running down Euclid and through Tower City to catch the 5:18, I'll be waiting around with everybody else for the 5:32.

Good times.

So I did some thinking and some Google Mapping, and I live just under three miles from my place of employment. Since it's mostly flat, I'm seriously contemplating getting my bike tuned up and reverting back to the mode of transportation I used all the way through my teens and early twenties, either walking or biking it for this spring and summer. I've gotten soft having a car, and I'm too cheap to pay $100 a month to park downtown if I don't have to.

We'll see how this goes, but in the situation of most of us who've tried to not contribute to congestion or have no other options, the Violent Femmes feel your pain.



We got the mother and the kids
We got the guy and his date
We all get mad, we all get late.
Looks like somebody forgot about us,
Standin' on the corner, waitin' for the bus.

Say, Hey Mr. Driver Man don't be slow
'Cause I got somewhere I gotta go.
Say, Hey Mr. Driver Man drive that thing fast.
My precious time keeps slippin' past.

Lets call the mayor, lets complain
Looks like the city's done to us again
Tied up in traffic, what do ya know
The damn city bus moves so slow.

Say, Hey Mr. Driver Man don't be slow
'Cause I got somewhere I gotta go.
Say, Hey Mr. Driver Man drive that thing fast.
My precious time keeps slippin' past.

3 comments:

Phil Dennison said...

I live in Cleveland Heights and started biking to work downtown last summer. So far I'm doing it only in the warmer weather -- started today! -- but the money saved and the health benefits are totally worth it.

Rob Pitingolo said...

I live in Cleveland Heights about 8 miles from my downtown office. I bike as often as possible. The RTA cuts have pushed me to the point where I don't even think about taking public transit anymore, because it's almost never going to be more convenient than taking my bike. If you're only going 3 miles each way, you should have no problem bike commuting this summer.

Randal Graves said...

As much as I love the idea of riding my bike to work, given the fact that I live further out in NE Ohio's richest cultural enclave, methinks I'll pass.

Plus I'd miss all the crazy public transportationistas.