[LMB] OT: Cars, independence, and haut bubbles

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Sat Sep 4 01:59:43 BST 2021

Dear William,

My two primary grocery stores are 2.1km (1.3 miles) and 1.9km (1.18 miles) 
away -- so about the same distance as yours. We don't own a car and get 
everything home by foot or by bike. We do have a bike trailer, which is 
useful for bulky items like toilet tissue or for carrying 10lb of potatoes 
or 10kg of flour -- but those could also be rolled along in a wheeled 
shopping bag.

A trip to the store and back provides basic exercise for the day. We 
usually go two to four times a week and thus can spread out heavier items 
more easily.

I know other people who do the same.

It may be that your store is not easily accessible on foot for other 
reasons, but the distance is by no means unreasonable.


On Fri, 3 Sep 2021, WILLIAM A WENRICH wrote:
> Part of the difference is size and attitude. The old saying that in the 
> US a hundred years is a long time and a hundred miles is a short 
> distance is true. I can’t get out of NM in a hundred miles. In Europe, 
> they might go to three countries. Brian’s current job is in Santa Fe. 
> When he can’t work from home, he has about a 180 mile round trip.

> The last mile problem may be greater here. I usually buy groceries by 
> the week. The store I usually shop at is about a mile and a quarter 
> away, walking distance, but I really can’t carry a full weeks worth of 
> groceries.

> I pick up two of my granddaughters after school every day and It’s 8.7 
> miles away.

> The bus schedule doesn’t permit commuting except in special cases.

> Albuquerque Rapid Transit even before COVID was years late, many 
> millions over budget, and forced many small businesses along its route 
> to close. (As I said this was even before COVID.) It only serves a small 
> corridor. I doubt people will vote the money for extensions.
> William A Wenrich
> Christian, Husband, Father, Granddaddy, Son, & American. Here I am. I can do no other. God help me!

Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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