Today, I left my car at the auto glass repair place and walked the rest of the way into town to get to work.
Everyone was all concerned that I was cold. Not at all. That isn't the problem with this plan. But if you look at the picture, you may get an idea of what the problem is.
Urban walking in cities that have no plan for multi-modal transportation can be a nightmare. My trek today was difficult and unsafe. No big deal for an occasional walk.
However, I see people all the time walking or riding their bikes, in all seasons of the year, along this road. Lots of people here in our depressed economy don't even have cars. They walk or ride to Wal-Mart, or even farther, to the local Meijer store. It's not fun or very safe even in summer. Definitely less so in winter.
There is a local group that is trying hard to get a sidewalk/multi-use trail put in from the Hospital (where the sidewalk ends) to Meijer, about three miles outside of town. It's a great plan, but it needs money and it needs rights-of-way. Neither of those is easy to come by. The leader of the group is often discouraged, and they currently aren't doing much.
Our society has pretty much overlooked the needs of anyone who doesn't have, or maybe doesn't want to rely on, a car.
End of rant. Car retrieved later. New windshield. Bought groceries. Wrote a chapter.
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